POSTED: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:08pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:35pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Today, John D. Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and co-proprietor of Galatoire’s Restaurant announced the return of Galatoire’s to Baton Rouge, bringing additional jobs to the area.
“We are excited to announce that we have signed a new 20-year lease to build a 6,000 square foot, 200-seat restaurant at 3535 Perkins Road with Acadian CPDL,” said Georges. “Galatoire’s has a loyal base of customers so we wanted to be in the heart of the city as opposed to the former Bistro location.”
John Georges and Todd Trosclair partnered with the Galatoire’s family in 2009 to purchase the 106-year-old James Beard Award winning restaurant founded in 1905 at 209 Bourbon Street in New Orleans and the Bistro in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since purchasing the “Grande Dame of New Orleans,” Georges has made little changes to the iconic restaurant.
For over a century, Galatoire’s tradition for classic fare done simply and without showmanship has continued to build the restaurant’s reputation. In its fourth generation, Galatoire’s remains to this day family-owned and operated. Through the years, the New Orleans location has remained nestled in the heart of the Vieux Carre, yet never far from Jean Galatoire’s picturesque city of origin in the foothills of the majestic Pyrenees.
After Hurricane Katrina, the previous owners opened Galatorie's Bistro at 17451 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge, which closed its door earlier this year.
“The bistro was too far away from many customers and we feel the new location will be easier for our lunch customers,” says Georges.
Galatoire’s Baton Rouge at Perkins and Acadian Thruway will begin construction in 2012 and is expected to open by Christmas 2012.