Too Saucy closes on Jefferson Highway

    Too Saucy Pasta Bar has permanently closed its Jefferson Highway location after one year of business.

    The fast-casual restaurant—which opened in October 2019, just five months before the coronavirus pandemic triggered a statewide economic shutdown—announced its closure Sunday in a Facebook post.

    “This was not a painless choice, but it was the obvious one,” the post reads. “We experienced several months of shutdowns, price increases [and] product shortages, along with a huge reduction in sales. Because of this, sustainability became extremely unobtainable.”

    The pasta bar was launched by Joseph Hansen, a veteran in the Baton Rouge food scene who had worked stints at The Chimes, Sammy’s Grill and the now-closed Creole Cabana. Hansen couldn’t be reached for comment before this morning’s deadline for publication.

    Too Saucy marks the latest known restaurant casualty in a year when the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the industry. It follows the likes of White Star Market, The Rum House, Rama and others in shutting its doors.