When Catahoula’s Restaurant closed in September, Rebecca Zeringue was suddenly out of a job.
“When it closed, this place went up for lease at the same time,” Zeringue said of the spot at 12371 Highway 90 in Luling. “It was a now or never kind of thing, so we jumped at the opportunity.”
Today Zeringue and her fiancé Scott Sirmon opened Becca’s Bistro in the same spot that previously housed Mariano’s Italian Eatery.
“When we first started thinking about doing this is, it was like a pie in the sky conversation years ago,” Zeringue said of opening the bistro. “We thought about opening a meat market and then the idea evolved into a full-service restaurant. It kind of evolved into what it is today.”
Becca’s Bistro will feature a steak night, include a kids’ menu and offer up a causal dining experience all in a kid-friendly environment.
“We will have comfort food,” Zeringue said of the appetizers, soups, poboys, muffulettas and fried seafood and more that she will be cooking and serving. “We will start out with a somewhat limited menu with all the basics and add a few items a week until we have the full menu available. I plan on asking customers what they’d like to see on the menu and if I hear a lot of the same thing, I’ll put it on there.”
While Sirmon has been involved in previous restaurant launches, Zeringue said this is her first ownership venture.
“More recently I’ve developed a love for cooking … I’ve gotten more into it as I have more time. During the last five years I’ve actually had more time to enjoy it instead of just being a short order cook for my kids,” Zeringue said laughing.
The restaurant will utilize both the drive-through and sit-down dining options the building offers. And while the bistro will start off as a restaurant, Zeringue said she and Sirmon are working on recipes and plan to offer specialty meat products in the future.
All hiring information will be posted on the Becca Bistro’s Facebook page. Zeringue said she will need to hire approximately 10 people.
The plan is to have the restaurant open 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. While the restaurant will not be open to the public on Sunday, Zeringue said she is open to the idea of renting out of the space on Sundays for special occasions.