Moving one step closer to opening a Baton Rouge location, Drago’s Seafood has officially bought a building on Constitution Avenue, with eyes on a potential fall opening.
Drago’s owner Tommy Cvitanovich confirmed to Daily Report the restaurant’s real estate partners purchased the building adjacent to the Chili’s, near the College Drive-Interstate 10 intersection.
Lauren Buckholtz, with Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate, and Don Randon, with Don Randon Real Estate, brokered the deal. The price and seller have not been disclosed.
The 13,600-square-foot building was formerly the home to a music and entertainment store.
“We’re doing extensive renovations to the building,” Cvitanovich says. “We currently have plans submitted to different agencies. We hope to open sometime in the fall.”
He expects a formal announcement to be made in the coming weeks.
Drago’s, famous for its charbroiled oysters, has been on the hunt for a Baton Rouge location for more than three years. The restaurant—which founder Drago Cvitanovich opened in Metairie in 1969—currently has four locations: Jackson, Mississippi, New Orleans, Metairie and Lafayette, which was the most recent to open in 2017.
Restaurant representatives have had sights set on the Constitution Avenue building since February when they successfully requested the property be rezoned for alcohol sales and restaurant use.