The former owner of Uncle Earl’s, a neighborhood watering hole in Southdowns, is planning to open a live music venue downtown in the space at 1913 Third St. that previously housed 1913, John Delgado’s ill-fated nightclub.
Brian Ott, who sold Uncle Earl’s late last year and currently owns the Cadillac Café on Bluebonnet Boulevard, says he and an undisclosed partner in the venture haven’t yet decided on a name for the venue and aren’t yet ready to announce details of their plans.
“But obviously, we’re going with a different concept,” he says.
Under Delgado’s ownership, 1913 regularly featured traveling DJ shows. But the club was cited at least two years in a row for failure to pay city sales taxes, as well as other violations, and Delgado shut down, notifying patrons in a social media post, in August 2018.
The 6,000-square-foot space has been vacant ever since.
Property owner Gordon “Skeet” Leblanc, whose family has owned the historic building for generations, says he is excited to bring live music to Third Street and thinks Ott’s concept will be a good fit for the neighborhood.
“It’s got a balcony inside—kind of like the House of Blues—so you can see live music,” Leblanc says. “ Plus, Brian has experience operating that kind of business so I think it is going to be good for Baton Rouge.”
Leblanc says the new venue could be open in time for the fall football season.
Before then, however, another new establishment is expected to open on Third Street, which has seen a handful of bars and restaurants close over the past year. Squeaky Pete’s, a country western bar, will open in the space formerly occupied by Driftwood Cask & Barrel.
A new tenant is also expected to be soon announced for the space on the ground floor of the Commerce Building recently vacated by Magpie Café, which closed its downtown location in May.