Construction is underway on Smalls Sliders, the fast-casual restaurant by Walk-On’s co-owners Brandon Landry and Drew Brees that’s expected to open sometime next month.
Work on the restaurant is unique because the building is made of modular shipping containers, allowing crews to first prepare the containers in Denham Springs. The restaurant will be shipped to its Nicholson Drive home in pieces, according to local entrepreneur Jacob Dugas, who’s partnering with Landry, Brees and Scott Fargason on the endeavor, allowing for a quick, six-week buildout for the eatery. It’s also relatively cheap, with construction slated to cost $185,000, according to permits.
They’ve begun the hiring process and expect to staff between 30 to 35 employees. Similar to Walk On’s emphasis on its culture, Dugas says the team has been focusing a lot on Smalls Sliders brand and culture.
“We’re looking to train our employees to have fun, not just work a job, and hopefully customers will see that,” Dugas says, adding he expects to be in the restaurant every day alongside the staff.
The concept is designed with a framework that can be scaled for franchise opportunities, and while they’ve received interest from potential franchisees, Dugas says they’re just taking people’s contact information for now.
“We want to prove the concept first,” Dugas says, declining to speculate when the company will expand. “We want to iron out everything so it is a well-run model for franchise and corporate growth.”