UPDATE (January 16, 2019): Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar will open January 21 at 3165 Regent Blvd., Irving. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 am, and the first 100 guests will receive prizes. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
There's a new sports bar-restaurant coming to Dallas-Fort Worth that's co-owned by an actual NFL player. Called Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar, it's a Baton Rouge-based chain that will make its debut in Irving, at 3165 Regent Blvd., in fall 2018.
Walk-On's is co-owned by New Orleans Saints superstar Drew Brees and features Louisiana cuisine and a full bar in a game-day atmosphere. Brees and his wife, Brittany, bought in as co-owners in 2015.
"We are thrilled not just to bring this incredible restaurant to Irving, but to have the honor of opening the first Walk-On's in the DFW Metroplex," says co-franchisee Joshua Allen in a release. "Everything about it is superior to the typical sports bar, from the incredible food and wide array of cocktails and craft beers, to the family-friendly sports atmosphere and commitment to outstanding customer service."
Texas has been a priority expansion market ever since the company started franchising, says Brandon Landry, who co-founded the company with college friend Jack Warner in 2003. Both were aspiring athletes who joined Louisiana State University's basketball team as walk-ons. Thus the name. Which, in its current format, is kind of punctuation-challenged, what with the hyphen and the apostrophe.
And that's not even getting into the Lousiana-ized spelling of Bistreaux.
Walk-On's currently has 17 locations, including four in Baton Rouge, two in New Orleans, and one each in Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Covington, Broussard, Alexandria, and Bossier City. There are also locations in Texas, in Lubbock, San Antonio, and Tyler, with more in the work for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.
The menu has fried seafood platters, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. There are po'boys, gumbo, fried alligator, boudin balls, fried oysters, and crawfish etouffee.
Starters include waffle cheese fries, fried pickles, boneless wings, cheeseburger sliders, spinach-artichoke dip, and venison nachos.
Notable options with a twist include a cheeseburger wrap, a crawfish BLT, and a po'boy made with rib eye and Swiss cheese. And here's a thing: Their bread pudding is made with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.