Sonny's BBQ to reopen on Florida Boulevard

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - After the devastation from the historic flooding of 2016 that impacted the state of Louisiana, Sonny’s BBQ — one of the nation’s largest and most popular barbecue chains with 112 locations in eight states spanning the Southeast — re-emerges stronger than ever in Baton Rouge with a fresh, remodeled look and  signature barbecue slathered in Southern hospitality.
 
Louisiana local owner Hunter Moody will softly reopen its doors to the community’s beloved barbecue restaurant located at 12475 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge on Monday, September 18, 2017 in preparations of its official opening on Wednesday, September 20.
 
In the lingering aftermath of last year’s catastrophic flood that dumped 7.1 trillion gallons of rain in one week, many in Baton Rouge were left without homes, food, and hope.
 
With the help of Operation BBQ Relief - a disaster response organization providing hot meals after disaster strikes - and other local chefs, Moody and the entire Sonny’s BBQ team were able to lend helping hands and feed more than 6,000 displaced flood victims. Although Sonny’s BBQ had flooded, it had more than $13,000 worth of food inventory on hand that remained unimpacted from the storm.
 
“It was our chance to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves,” said Moody, owner of Sonny’s BBQ - Baton Rouge. “All of us got knee-deep in the wreckage that was caused by this disaster and touched as many lives as we could: delivering barbecue to doorsteps, helping gut houses, even our manager, Rob Graham, gave the shoes  right from his feet to another man who needed them more.’”
 
Moody and his team’s unwavering commitment to the community remains. While many local favorites have not made their return after last year’s natural disaster, Sonny’s BBQ looks ahead to the reopening with a new look in the same location it has called home since 1978.
 
Locals will be welcomed with both familiar and new faces, as 26 employees will return, along with 20 new team members.
 
“This natural disaster turned into a perfect storm of figuring out how to start from scratch in a 39-year-old location, with construction crews spread very thin throughout the city,” said Moody. “But our hard work has paid off, and we’re excited to be returning to the community to stick around for 39more years and then some!”
 
The revitalized location boasts more than 4,000 square feet and seats up to 124 guests across a mix of seating options, including stools at the new central bar, dining benches, and outside tables.
 
A remodeled interior design reflects modern features including LED lighting, an open floor plan, and chairs made of recycled Coca-Cola bottles.
 
With all that’s new, the location remains true to its history, featuring elements from its original design, such as the 1978 walk-up window, the original solid brick chimney, and the Southern Pride smoker which miraculously survived the flooding.
 
Returning to Sonny’s BBQ is the most prized aspect: the food. Firing up the smoker for the community again, the Baton Rouge location will continue to serve its signature Baby Back ribs, traditional pulled pork, tender certified angus beef brisket, and share-worthy starters like the Redneck Egg Rolls.

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