Metro Council to consider rezoning overpass site for new BBQ restaurant

    The Metro Council on Wednesday afternoon will consider a rezoning request from Chad Hughes for a 0.35-acre property on Perkins Road, across the street from his Bumsteers rooftop burger joint.

    The vacant property at the corner of Perkins and Hollydale Avenue had been the longtime home of a Cracker Barrel service station before Circle K shut it down last September. Hughes has asked for the property to be rezoned from light commercial to commercial alcoholic beverage use. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning last month. 

    While Hughes listed Unleaded BBQ LLC as the applying business on the rezoning application and wrote “new restaurant” as the reason for the rezoning, he wouldn’t confirm his plans for the space until early September. He registered Unleaded BBQ LLC with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in mid-June. 

    “It’s going to be a neighborhood barbecue joint,” Hughes told Daily Report earlier this month. “Just a small, casual, neighborhood-friendly barbecue place.” 

    Edwin Edwards, the grandson of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, will be Hughes’ partner in the endeavor. Together, the pair already own Ivar’s Sports Bar and Grill, which is also located in the Perkins Overpass area.

    Hughes plans to open the new restaurant later this fall, but says it depends on completing the plans and having permits issued. 

    The meeting, which starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday, will be held via video conference and will be available for viewing at, on Metro 21 (Cox Channel 21) and on the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Facebook page via Facebook Live. See the full agenda.