Though the plan was for a February opening, the realities of renovating a nearly century-old building means Red Stick Social, the multi-level boutique entertainment venue anchoring Electric Depot, will delay the opening until late March or early April.
“They had a fairly aggressive timeline for opening, so any little hiccup caused delays,” says Chris Trahan, public relations director at SASSO Agency, which is handling marketing for the venue. “Just unexpected issues you find when renovating and bringing an almost 100-year-old building back to life.”
Also contributing to the nearly two-month delay includes receiving shipments of custom-made furniture for the bar, lounge and private spaces, a delay Trahan blames on the out-of-state manufacturer. The owners are also waiting on additional equipment needed for space.
They’re expecting the furniture to arrive this week, with landscaping beginning in the next week or two, depending on the weather.
Meanwhile, George Sittig has been hired as Red Stick Social’s executive chef. The Michelin-trained Sittig spent years cooking in the Caribbean before coming to Louisiana, most recently coming from Grosse Savanne Lodge in Lake Charles.
Sittig’s menu includes hummus, charcuterie and artisanal cheese boards, duck and sausage gumbo, salads, burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, sliders and other items.
When complete, the 30,000-square-foot Government Street venue will feature live music, 10 Brunswick bowling alleys, indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces, a full-service bar and kitchen, large corporate and community event space, and special VIP spaces for private events.
The club is still in the process of recruiting and hiring 100 people, including bartenders, servers, hosts and cooks.