​​SoLou’s Lafayette location opens today

SoLou, a Baton Rouge eatery with an emphasis on southern Louisiana cuisine, is expanding to Lafayette.

The new restaurant is located on Kaliste Saloom Road near Camellia Boulevard in the former home of Grub Burger Bar, which closed abruptly in May 2023. There will be a grand opening on Monday at 11am.

SoLou’s Baton Rouge location opened in March 2021 on Perkins Road near Kenilworth Parkway. The concept, created by restorers Michael Boudreaux, Kiva Guidroz and Peter Sclafani, aims to reinvent Louisiana classics in inventive, sometimes playful ways.

The new Lafayette restaurant will be SoLou’s second location, although a multi-unit expansion is planned along the Interstate 10 corridor over the next decade.

SoLou falls under the umbrella of Making Raving Fans, a Baton Rouge-based hospitality group that also operates P-Beau’s and Portobello’s Grill. In October, Jubans Restaurant and Bar cut ties with Making Raving Fans over “philosophical differences.”

Sclafani, the hospitality group’s founder and CEO, has experience expanding brands into the Lafayette market. During his tenure as co-owner and chef at Ruffino’s, the brand opened Ruffino’s on the River in River Ranch, the same neighborhood where SoLou’s new location is opening.

This story originally appeared in a June 3 issue of Daily report. To stay informed about Baton Rouge business and politics, subscribe for free Daily report e-newsletter here.