Jay’s Bar-B-Q remains open for business, preserves history despite Covid-19 challenges


“It’s just the history, like when people come in they want to tell you stories about Jay’s Bar-B-Q.”

The staff at Jay’s Bar-B-Q is focusing on their roots to get through this dark time.

It opened in 1954 and started with one man, Jay Prothro.

“He was more passionate about the people than anything he just loved people and getting to know his customers over the years, he made a lot of life long friends in the process,” current owner Rich Newton said.

The barbecue hot spot quickly became a Baton Rouge staple.

“We have many people tell us about going on Government Street when it first opened and still coming to see us today and bringing in their grandkids and great grandkids.”

But now their restaurant is empty, only serving to go orders.

“If we don’t support local business right now, what happens to the community?”

Just like Jay Prothro did 66 years ago, Jay’s barbecue is now relying on their relationships with local customers to get through this difficult time.

“People aren’t just numbers here, they are people, and we care about them.”

The Sherwood Forest location of Jay’s Bar-B-Q is open 10am-6pm daily.

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