New craft beer bar in the works at former Capital City Grill location on South Sherwood Forest

    A new craft beer bar and sports restaurant could soon nestle into a vacant space on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard that previously housed Capital City Grill.

    Phillip LeDoux and some business partners are in the early stages of planning the Tap House, which they hope to open sometime next year. He declined to name his partners, but says they have been involved in the Baton Rouge business scene for at least 20 years.

    LeDoux has filed a rezoning request with the Planning Commission to have the site at 3535 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. changed from a restaurant commercial alcoholic beverage permit C-AB-1 to a bar/lounge commercial alcoholic beverage permit C-AB-2.

    “A previous request for C-AB-2 was approved for another unit on this same site,” LeDoux writes in his application. He adds in the application that infrastructure and public services would not be impacted because the space had housed a restaurant in the past.

    The Capital City Grill location on Sherwood and Newcastle Avenue closed in June 2014. The downtown location remains open.

    LeDoux declines to go into specifics about the restaurant, saying it is still early in the planning process and things could change, but says he and his partners are closely watching the ordinance proposed by Metro Councilman Ryan Heck that would allow brewpubs and microdistilleries to operate in the city-parish.

    The Planning Commission will take up the Tap House request at its Nov. 16 meeting.

    —Ryan Broussard

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