Walk-On’s plans Towne Center location

Walk-On’s, a local chain of sports bars, plans to open its third Baton Rouge location in the spring in Towne Center.

A deal was finalized Thursday to take over the former Mugshots Grill & Bar space. Plans are to put in an 8,500-square-foot restaurant with an outdoor beer garden and custom table taps, which allow customers to pour their own beers, said Caroline Piazza, marketing manager for Last In Concepts, which owns Walk-On’s.

While Walk-On’s has a location on Coursey Boulevard, Piazza doesn’t expect the Towne Center restaurant will cut into the business.

“This is an area that doesn’t have a sports bar,” she said.

Along with the Baton Rouge location, there are Walk-On’s restaurants in New Orleans and Lafayette.

Walk-On’s will be the third sports bar and restaurant in that Towne Center location. The building opened in 2005 as a Champps Americana, but closed in early 2010. Mugshots opened later that year, but the restaurant closed in November. The local franchise owners are planning on building a new Mugshots elsewhere in Baton Rouge.