After settling issues with financing, permitting and most recently Hurricane Barry, the local franchisees for Chicken Salad Chick are looking to open Baton Rouge’s first location of the chicken salad restaurant chain early next year near Lee and Burbank drives.
The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will seat roughly 100 people, according to Peter “Beau” Nicolosi Jr., who’s opening the franchise with his father.
Construction at Burbank and Lee Drives is slated to cost about $900,000 and be completed in six months once ground is broken. Once open, the restaurant will employ some 35 staffers.
Nicolosi also owns and operates locations in Lafayette and Denham Springs. As an LSU alumnus, he’s familiar with the city and intends to open three to four more additional stores in the Capital Region, including one possibly in Gonzales.
“We’re going to open the next one in a more heavily populated area of Baton Rouge,” Nicolosi says, adding they’re actively seeking a location for the next eatery, which he plans to open by the end of 2020. “We’re pulling the trigger as soon as we find the right spot.”
About 70% of their customer base is women, and Nicolosi says it was the amount of student apartment complexes in the Burbank-Lee area that drew them to that part of the city for their first location.
“You have the Rouses nearby that recently opened, and we’ll be right next door to Benny’s,” Nicolosi says. “This location checks off all of our boxes.”