Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the change of Dupre’s restaurant from Elsie’s Kitchen & Bar to Elsie’s Plate & Pie. The former name appears on the original planning commission application for the restaurant and in the URL of its social media page. The name has since been changed.
A new restaurant and pie shop is coming to Mid City, with Elsie’s Plate & Pie set to open in the former Honeymoon Bungalow building on Government Street in a few months.
Paul Dupre, owner of Elsie’s Plate & Pie, says he plans to begin renovations to the building in the next month and open in late April or early May. Dupre got the building rezoned in November and signed a lease last week.
Dupre says he’s been managing restaurants for around 20 years and saw an opportunity to open his own business in an up-and-coming area in Baton Rouge. Elsie’s will be his first endeavor.
“It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a really long time,” Dupre says. “I actually live a couple blocks from where the restaurant is going to be and I see that area changing and becoming the cool spot in town.”
The location is at 3153 Government St., next to Excelerated Fitness and near the Ogden Market shopping center that is home to Radio Bar and Simple Joe Cafe, among others.
The Planning Commission last month approved rezoning the 19,000-square-foot building to allow Dupre to serve alcohol at his new restaurant, documents show.
Tara Street-Bradford, of local architecture firm Street Collaborative, is designing the restaurant and Dupre will choose a contractor in the coming weeks. Dupre’s 4,000-square-foot restaurant will offer lunch, dinner and a full-service bar. Entrees will range from $12 to $20, with sandwiches a little cheaper, plus a heavy focus on pie. Dupre says the food will offer a unique twist on Louisiana and Southern classics.
“I’m kinda trying to walk the fine line between local hole in the wall and more refined sort of place,” he says. “It’s not a fancy place but it’s comforting food and a comfortable place to hang out.”