TJ Ribs to take over old Sliders Sports Grill, open Prairieville restaurant

via The Advocate

TJ Ribs has signed a lease for a 6,800-square-foot building near the intersection of Airline Highway and Perkins Road in Prairieville with plans to open its third local restaurant by May 22.

The popular barbecue chain will take over the space at 37436 Ultima Plaza Blvd., which has been home for several restaurants, most recently Sliders Sports Grill.

The restaurant will have the same menu as the TJ Ribs South Acadian Thruway and Siegen Lane locations, said Todd McKearn, vice president of operations. One new feature is that the Prairieville space has a patio.

“That will be a lot of fun and there are possibilities with it,” McKearn said. About 70 employees will work at the restaurant.

The move works out well for TJ Ribs. The original Acadian Thruway location is set to undergo a significant remodeling beginning in July, which will involve gutting the interior, replacing the roof, building a gift shop in front and adding a cochon de lait pit where a pig will be roasted daily.

“We’ll be able to have our Acadian Thruway employees working in Prairieville while we remodel,” McKearn said. Plans are to finish the work in time for the LSU football season.

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