Rock N Roll Sushi already planning second Baton Rouge location

A second planned Rock N Roll Sushi restaurant will set up shop in the spring on Perkins Road, owner Chip Burr says, if the city-parish Planning Commission approves a rezoning request for the 1,700-square-foot building in which he plans to open the restaurant.

Burr says his construction crew is on standby waiting for the permit to begin work on the first planned Rock N Roll Sushi location at 7949 Jefferson Highway, in the same shopping center as Pearson’s Travel World and Churchill’s Premium Cigars and Elixirs. Burr hopes to open that location in February. He previously expected it to be open in January.

The second planned Baton Rouge location will be next to Smoothie King near South Acadian Thruway at 3627 Perkins Road. The building will also feature a roughly 600-square-foot patio. Burr is asking the Planning Commission to rezone the property from light commercial to commercial alcoholic beverage for the restaurant.

Rock N Roll Sushi is an Alabama-based chain with a casual atmosphere and cooked and fried sushi rolls, as well as traditional sashimi and sushi. Burr sold the 19 Domino’s stores he operated in the region before opening his first Rock N Roll Sushi in Alabama last year.

Burr aims to open four or five Baton Rouge area locations of the sushi chain by the end of 2017 and expand to north Texas and Nashville, Tennessee.

Since first franchising last year, the chain has 14 locations throughout the South, with a rock ‘n’ roll theme including classic rock music and menus on printed album covers. Burr hopes to play classic rock music videos in the restaurant.

His request for rezoning will be considered at the Jan. 17 meeting of the Planning Commission. Other requests submitted for consideration at that meeting include:

  • A final development plan approval request for a 14.57-acre commercial development with retail and restaurant use near Burbank and West Lee drives. Duplantis Design Group submitted the application for the planned urban development, which will be called Burbank University.
  • A subdivision application that Christian Street Partners submitted for a townhome development near Christian and Fiero streets by the Perkins Road overpass.
  • A rezoning request for a plot of land at 6031 Siegen Lane for Famous K & C Restaurant and Bar near Pineda’s Bakery. Applicant Cleveland Clayton wants to rezone the lot from heavy commercial to commercial alcoholic beverage for the restaurant.
  • Donnie Jarreau Developments’ request to rezone a 1.05-acre lot at 9696 Siegen Lane from single-family residential to neighborhood office for an office building.
  • Community Foundation Realty’s request for approval of a final development plan for phase 2A of the Water Campus, located off River Road near the Interstate 10 bridge, to add parking garages and make road improvements in the area. The company plans to complete construction of phase 2A in late 2017.

—Sam Karlin

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