Lava Cantina’s expansion plans are underway as renovations began this morning on the restaurant’s second Baton Rouge location in the downtown space formerly occupied by Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar.
Ian Vaughn, owner of Lava Cantina, says that under a deal struck with Walk On’s co-founder Jack Warner he has assumed full operational control of Lucy’s, as well as the Roux House and Schlittz & Giggles locations on Third Street downtown.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Warner has retained minority ownership in the restaurants, Vaughn says, adding that his deal with Warner does not include the Perkins Road overpass area location of Schlittz & Giggles.
“Baton Rouge is our home and we wanted the opportunity to expand and grow in that market,” Vaughn says.
The Roux House, which remains open, will be rebranded in about two months into a new concept called Repeal 33, a reference to the end of prohibition in the United States. As for Schlittz & Giggles, Vaughn says the focus will be on the operations and building the restaurant’s brand downtown.
Lava Cantina will open in its new downtown spot about five weeks from now and will cater to more acoustic performances than the restaurant’s Perkins Rowe location, Vaughn says. Simultaneously, construction also is underway for the restaurant’s new Dallas location—Lava Cantina The Colony, which will open in April.
Vaughn says the mid-size venue will seat 2,000 people and will be more for national touring acts. Vaughn says his family is located in the Dallas area and he moved there a few years.
Vaughn is also pursuing an opportunity in Houston though he did not want to diverge details about it just yet.