Stablier Bringing Fine Dining to Central
Little Village Owner Set to Open Stab’s At Magnolia Square
CENTRAL — Wayne Stablier, owner of the Little Village Restaurant in Baton Rouge, has completed construction and the hiring of staff for his first restaurant in Central — Stab’s, which will offer high-end dining, specializing in steaks and seafood. Stablier said Wednesday the staff is in training, and he expects to open by late July or August.
Stab’s is located in the Village at Magnolia Square on Lovett Road, The Village is the first official Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) in the parish. Developer Steele Pollard said Stab’s is a milestone for the Village at Magnolia Square. Having a restaurant offering fine dining by a well-regarded Baton Rouge restaurateur will be a major draw for the TND and a major convenience for residents.
Four other businesses will be located in the building with Stab’s — Avant Tous Beauty Bar, Beau Ideal Salon, and Title Plus title company. The building was developed and built by Central homebuilder Steve Rabalais.
Last year, Rabalais developed the first commercial building at Village at Magnolia Square. It houses Bourg Insurance, Edwards Jones Investments, B&K Bank, Rabalais Homes, and Wall Decor & More.
The new building was unveiled at an evening social last Thursday hosted by the Magnolia Square Business Association in conjunction with the City of Central Chamber of Commerce.
Stablier said Stab’s will offer prime strips blackened in the skillet, beef wellington, lamb chops, Chilean sea bass, shrimp dishes, red fish on the half shell, and much more. A variety of great sandwiches will also be available at lunch, he said.
Stablier has hired Melanie Way of Central as general manager. A graduate of Central High School, she studied at LSU and worked in accounting and finance for years. She opened a coffee shop in 2001 where Central Perk is now located and sold to Debbie Johnston. She continued to operate a coffee shop in downtown Baton Rouge until selling her business after Katrina. Stablier said Melanie knows everyone in Central and will be a big asset to the business.
Stablier has two locations of The Little Village, La Creole restaurant, and several other businesses.
His primary business is catering, and he has established himself as one of the country’s leading suppliers of emergency housing for utility companies during disasters. He creates a village, including sleeping trailers, tents, dining facilities, showers, laundry, and other necessities for utility workers facing harsh conditions.
Stablier said the secret to his success is finding good chefs and good people. He said his chief of operations, Laila Britos, is espeecially key to his success.
Justin McVey will be executive chef at Stab’s.
Stab’s general manager Melanie Way said she will be adding special touches for the Central community including an herb garden on the side of the restaurant, which will be maintained by local farmers.
Steve Rabalais is the largest homebuilder in Central and is having an impact on the Baton Rouge market.
His wife Stephanie is owner of Beau Ideal Salon, which is open in the new commercial building at 13438 Magnolia Square Drive, Suite D. They are also now offering massage. Beau Ideal is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is accepting appointments at 225-261-1011. Beau Ideal was previously located in the shopping center at Greenwell Springs at Sullivan Road.
Avant Tous Beauty Bar and Spa is owned by Nicole Keller, Ellen Pino, and Hope Smith. They are offering spa, esthetics, and nail salon?
Avant Tous is now open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is accepting appointments at 225-448-3962.
Title Plus is a Louisiana-based full-service title company. Their website says, “We handle only real estate transactions, allowing a singular and direct focus on our real estate industry clients. We have a clear vision of attaining excellence in our service and do not feel the need to distract our attention with matters other than real estate transactions.” They said they provide 24-hour turnaround on title commitments and provide in-house attorneys to oversee all transactions.
Developers Jimmy Nunnally and Steele Pollard began construction of the first home at Village at Magnolia Square in 2009. The development will eventually include more than 500 homes. About 40 have already been constructed.
Homes constructed to date have ranged in price from $250,000 to $1 million.
Amenities include walking trails, a playground, and a stocked lake, as well as boutique shopping and now dining.
Upon completion, the Village at Magnolia Square could provide investment in Central of well over $100 million. The location of an “anchor” restaurant in the development has been a long-time goal of the developers. If the original plan for Village at Magnolia Square is followed, it will include a lot more retail development.