The food revolution: Young chefs move local tastes into fresh territory
The role of executive chef is not one that Kelley McCann of Kalurah Street Grill takes lightly. The Baton Rouge native speaks of his duties to his staff, his guests and his city the way a veteran civic leader might describe to his constituents the responsibilities of his office—one that is viewable, in McCann’s case, through the large picture windows casting light into his kitchen and facing the dining room of the renovated and refined restaurant at the former site of Chelsea’s Café.
Dish: Kalurah Street Grill’s Grapefruit Tarte
One of the distinguishing features of the new Kalurah Street Grill is that its kitchen team includes a full-time pastry chef. Kaila Mogg-Stone, formerly of Magpie Café, is turning out signature desserts that jibe with K Street’s inventive Southern theme.
A Look at Kalurah St. Grill with Eat. Love. BR.
When Chef Kelley McCann begins talking about his new endeavor as Executive Chef of Kalurah Street Grill, you can feel the passion resonate from within him. He loves what he does and you can see that love in every plate that leaves his kitchen. Clearly this is what co-owners Brad Watts and Chad Hughes were drawn to as well when they handpicked Chef Kelley to lead their latest venture.
A robust market has Baton Rouge restaurants rethinking back-of-the-house retention
The fun part of opening the new Kalurah Street Grill in early January, says executive chef Kelley McCann, was crafting an original menu and nailing down the restaurant’s “New American” culinary theme. The higher stakes part was finding the right people to fill about 20 back-of-the-house positions, including salaried sous chefs, hourly line cooks and dishwashers.
225 First Look
If Chef Kelley McCann is going to do something, he’s going to do it right.
After 11 years at Galatoire’s Bistro, he was ready to have his own restaurant—and he was going to do it the right way. Currently, he and his staff are busy prepping for the opening of Kalurah Street Grill. It will start dinner service this Friday, Jan. 6, from 5-10 p.m.
At Home with Chef Kelley McCann
Kalurah’s opening menu, which McCann says he has mostly worked out, provided the basis for the meal he cooked for a meeting with DIG. He worked up a two-course meal with Spanish and Asian influences, starting with an heirloom
tomato, cucumber and yellowfin tuna salad.
Free rein for the former Galatoire's chef at Kalurah Street Grill
Kelley McCann had a fair view of the restaurant kitchen in his summers spent elbow-deep washing dishes and schoolday afternoons gorging on maraschino cherries at the Baton Rouge bar where his mom worked. But he didn’t see himself at the stove until Galatoire’s Bistro, where then-22-year-old McCann bussed tables, hired a chef just seven years his senior.
Kalurah Street Grill to open in old Chelsea's this week
Kalurah Street Grill, a new restaurant from chef Kelley McCann formerly of Galatoire's Bistro, will open in the former location of Chelsea's Cafe. Brad Watts and Chad Hughes are co-owners with McCann on the restaurant at 2857 Perkins Road. Watts owns The River Room downtown. Hughes owns Ivar's Sports Bar & Grill.
Kalurah Street Grill, new restaurant with a cocktail bar, live music, to take over former Chelsea's Cafe location
The old Chelsea's will become a new restaurant that will feature a local "rock star" chef and a cocktail bar with live music.