That determination helped Kelley rise through the ranks of the kitchen to eventually become the executive chef. After mastering French Creole cuisine at Galatoire’s Bistro, Kelley decided to show Baton Rouge what else he has to offer at Kalurah Street Grill.
Before the restaurant opened in January, Kelley teamed up with owners Chad Hughes and Brad Watts to overhaul the space. In the main dining room, exposed brick walls, dark hardwood floors, and a wine wall contribute to the upscale casual atmosphere. The lounge offers creative cocktails and live music while the extended patio area allows for leisurely alfresco dining.
Kelley also took the neighborhood into consideration when developing his menu. He brought in people from the area for honest feedback, which allowed him to create a slate of approachable yet unique dishes that Baton Rouge could love.