The Capital Restaurant Bar & Grill set to open

Staff Report
Jarvis Green, a native of Donaldsonville and professional football player with the New England Patriots, is owner of The Capital Restaurant Bar & Grill which is set to open this summer.

Located in the heart of history and culture, a fresh and vibrant restaurant has planted its roots on historic Railroad Avenue in downtown Donaldsonville.

The Capital Restaurant Bar and Grill, owned by Donaldsonville native Jarvis Green, a defensive end with the New England Patriots, has transformed the once popular Treasure House into an establishment to be enjoyed by locals.

"I wanted to do something special for the city," Green said. "I thought about it and I didn't want to put my name on it. I did it for the town of Donaldsonville."

The name in itself has historic value for residents of Donaldsonville, serving as the state capital from 1830-31. Preserving this history for the city is Green's main focus, while giving back to the community that has supported him throughout his career.

Green has illuminated his idea of an establishment for the city with a restaurant that provides a casual, yet upscale atmosphere, while preserving the original historical structure and meaning of this once prosperous building, rooted in culture, for all resident.

"I wanted to do something nice with the building when I bought it," Green said.

Originally a horse stable, the building located at 209 Railroad Avenue features a ceiling of lamella truss. Built in 1927, it served as the bus depot before it was a jewelry and antique store.

"There is a lot of history in this building and we want to add to it," Green said.

Although this is Green's first venture into the restaurant business, the 6-foot-3, 285 pounder completed a 15-month internship at Providence Prime, an upscale in Rhode Island, before tackling renovations. 

Green, a former LSU Tiger, has owned a retail store in Baton Rouge near LSU's campus called Green's Purple and Gold for the past two years.

"To do this now is something new," Green said. "Hopefully people will support it and it will be something for everybody."

With the recent revitalization efforts through the Louisiana Main Street Program, which is designed to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional commercial areas in rural Louisiana, The Capital Restaurant Bar and Grill has taken the first steps of continuing to provide culture, history and great food for residents and visitors. The restaurant also provides a shared feeling of progress by introducing a place for social interaction in a growing city.

The Capital Restaurant Bar and Grill is a contemporary restaurant that culminates the history of downtown with the class of an upscale concept grill. This new and innovated setting offers a full service kitchen serving traditional foods and Cajun cuisines.

The Capital also offers a full service bar with the largest selection of bottled and tapped domestic and international brews, an extensive wine list, a one of a kind martini bar and an outside patio with bar to enjoy those hot nights, along with live entertainment, a late-night menu, theme nights and Sunday brunch.

The menu features a selection of traditional foods with a southern twist. Patrons will find everything from alligator balls and Louisiana crab cakes to build your own burgers and six different variety of wings.

The Capitol's goal is to reinvent social interaction between residents by providing a classy spot to enjoy everything from Monday night football to an evening out with friends. The restaurant offers an intriguing atmosphere that transforms into efficient, friendly and professional service to provide a total dining experience for all to enjoy.

In addition to the restaurant, patrons can also learn about the Jarvis Green Foundation, a non-profit organization, which provides support to single working mothers in disadvantaged, low-income areas.

The Captial Restaurant Bar and Grill is endorsed by 209 Railroad Management, LLC. which submitted and contributed to this article.