By Nick BeJeaux
The Hammond hole in the wall that is the noontime lover of many a Southeastern University student is opening its second location right here in Baton Rouge.
Co-owned by JP Ngo and Trent Fresina, the pair returned home to create a new hangout spot just minutes away from campus. “We’re both from Baton Rouge,” said Fresina. “We just happened to go to Hammond first, but now we’ve come back home to do something in our hometown.”
Your Mom’s Restaurant & Bar is upsizing to fit into the space once occupied by DeAngleo’s on Lee Drive, but will continue to offer their much-loved menu of burgers, baskets, sandwiches, and salads that Hammond has come to know and love. The main difference between the two locations is size. The new Baton Rouge location will fill a 4,500 square foot space. That, Fresina says, is important for the direction they want to take their business.
“Hammond is more set up like a hole in a wall,” he said. “That’s what we wanted originally. This [location] is going to be set up to where you can sit, hangout, watch a game, and also get the same great food that we have over there.”
Your Mom’s Baton Rouge will have a full bar like its progenitor, but won’t be aiming to be your all-night destination.
“Game days we’ll stay open ‘til 12 and the rest of the nights will be open until 11 o’clock” said Fresina.
For the uninitiated, Your Mom’s prides itself on handmade, from scratch food – just like mom would make.
“Everything that we do is made in-house,” Fresina said. “All the burgers are hand-pattied, all the roast beef is cooked fresh – 3 hours every day.”
But the main highlight on the menu is the burgers.
Fresina explains, “We have anywhere from 15-18 burgers and we are constantly moving and changing them up. You can get burgers with eggs on them, with fried jalapeños, or with mushrooms. We have a different style of hamburger for anyone’s wants and needs.”
Even the décor and atmosphere has been carefully crafted to evoke that comfortable, relaxed feel of home.
“It will be low lit, but close and homey, not gloomy” said Fresina.
When Your Mom’s first opened it’s doors in Hammond, it took a while for business to pick up; but once it did, it was booming. Both owners hope, that in Baton Rouge, they can skip the growing pains.
“It [Hammond] was both our first restaurant. So it took a little while to get adjusted. Now that we have all our systems in place, we’re hoping this one just hits the ground running and turns out to be a great local spot for the students to hang out.”
Your Mom’s, conveniently located at Burbank and Lee, will be targeting both LSU students, as well as families. Fresina adds “We want to make it a place where everybody can come.”