BRQ in the News
BRQ Seafood and BBQ isn’t even open yet, but boy the buzz is strong. BRQ has been filling the news cycles of local publications and news channels since last year, first being mentioned in the Baton Rouge Business Report once news hit that Michelin Star rated Chef Justin Ferguson had returned to the Baton Rouge area to open a new Baton Rouge restaurant, which will be chef-owned and driven.
Baton Rouge Business Report, September 2016: “The former executive chef of Stroubes Seafood and Steaks [Justin Ferguson] has returned to Baton Rouge with plans to open a new barbecue and seafood restaurant called BRQ at 10423 Jefferson Highway sometime next spring. ‘A lot of thought is going into the ambiance. We want BRQ to provide an approachable, comfortable atmosphere that guests can enjoy any night of the week,’ [Ferguson] says.”
The Baton Rouge Business Report later shared more details of the opening and what the community can expect from Chef Justin Ferguson’s new Baton Rouge restaurant; “…the restaurant will seat at least 184 people. It backs up to the Louisiana Culinary Institute, whose owners are Ferguson’s partners in BRQ.” They also reported that the catering side of BRQ is already up and running, and quoted Chef Ferguson as saying, “It’s really just to get out there—get the name out and get going.”
Not long after that, DIG Magazine, 225 Magazine and Country Roads Magazine got in on the action, all giving a shout-out to BRQ and bringing attention to the December 2016 pop-up dinner hosted at Louisiana Culinary Institute, and naming BRQ as one of the next best new Baton Rouge restaurants to hit the local culinary scene. WVLA Local 33 has also featured BRQ on numerous spots in their morning newscast.
Matt Sigur commended the new Baton Rouge restaurant, BRQ Seafood and BBQ, with features in two articles in The Advocate and The Acadiana Advocate within weeks of each other.
The Acadiana Advocate, In a stressful 2016, here is the Best Food I ate in Baton Rouge, Lafayette; December 2016: “...Chef Justin Ferguson's upcoming BRQ will be a restaurant to watch in 2017. Right before the holidays, he hosted a pop-up dinner that featured huge portions of brisket, ribs, pulled chicken and pork. The sides of bacon and cheddar hushpuppies, and goat cheese drop biscuits were even more impressive. If he can deliver this consistently at the new restaurant, Baton Rouge better watch out.”
The Advocate, 18 Baton Rouge restaurants, bars we can't wait to try in 2017; January 2017: “The goal is perfection without pretension. It'll be a balancing act, Jonathan Nunez [General Manager] admits. ‘We're talking about meat that will be smoked for 16 hours, high-quality barbecue,’ Nunez said. ‘If you have that, you need to have cocktails and service that have that much attention to detail as well. But we want you to feel comfortable. When you sit down, this is the highest quality food, service and bar program you can get.’"
Recently, InRegister Magazine and City Social Magazine, both wrote complimentary pieces including Chef Justin Ferguson and BRQ as one of the new Baton Rouge chefs who have been given ownership and control within the walls, and behind the scenes, of the restaurants that have their hearts.
InRegister, February issue: “As co-owner and executive chef of the upcoming BRQ, the gregarious Denham Springs native [Chef Justin Ferguson] aims to take barbecue, the most traditional of Southern fare, completely rethink it from the charcoal up and, as he puts it, ‘blow minds.’”
City Social Magazine, March/April issue: “Justin Ferguson has just returned to Baton Rouge to open his own restaurant, armed with an arsenal of experience as he creates new and delectable dishes, confident of his culinary ability as well as his professional organizational skills.”
And lastly, catering clients can’t get enough!
Kristen Caulk wrote on Facebook, “These guys did the most amazing job catering our wedding. Jeremiah and Justin were easy to communicate with throughout the whole process. The menu that they came up with for us after just one meeting was everything we could have hoped for and more. We didn't need to change a thing! Everyone raved about the amazing food, the well supplied bar, and their awesome servers and bartenders. They took care of everything from setup to cleanup perfectly and on schedule. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to hire them again for any event.”
BRQ Seafood and BBQ is a highly anticipated new restaurant in Baton Rouge, and we can’t wait to welcome you into the new space!