Lakeview residents in search of a new place for sandwiches and casual outdoor dining may have a new favorite with the arrival of The Backyard in February. The restaurant is located in a former bank building at 244 W. Harrison Ave.
Owner Jason Tournillon spent eight years working for The Chimes restaurant chain based in Baton Rouge. He says he wants The Backyard to provide "a comfortable, familiar space to enjoy great food and drinks ... with family and friends."
Menus are still in development but sandwiches (not po-boys) will be a primary focus, he says. There also will be smoked meats, potato tots and casual fare and the kids' menu will include a sloppy joe made from the smoked meats. The kitchen will be equipped with a Louisiana-crafted cast iron cooktop for hamburgers. Tournillon expects most entrees to range from $8.50 to $11.
The restaurant will offer counter service and have a full bar.