It all started April 1, 1954, when Jay Prothro remodeled a small hot dog stand at 4735 Government St. and opened the doors for the first Jay's Bar-B-Q. He offered eat-in dining, take out service and curb service with carhops. This lasted one successful year until a Bar-B-Q machine caught fire and burned the building to the ground. Next door was a vacant building that had once been Polly's Lounge. Jay wasted no time in sprucing up the empty building where he operated until 1960, except for a brief period when he conducted business out of a trailer while the street was widened to its present four lanes.
50 YEARS OF BAR-B-Q
In 1960, Jay found an old laundry at 4215 Government St. and made necessary alterations, put on a fresh coat of paint and moved in. Today, that location still offers seating dining and take out service, but the curb service ended in 1973. This location is now owned and operated by Milton LeBlanc, son of the late Floyd LeBlanc who bought it when Jay retired in May 1983. Floyd had been a long time faithful employee.
Over the years, there have been other locations: Perkins Road, Staring Lane, Greenwell Springs Road.
Jay's has always been a family business. Over the years, Jay's wife Dale, his daughters Connie, Linda and Pat, his father H.M. "Pop" Prothro and his brother-in-law Joe Poole have all labored at the restaurant. Now Connie's and Rick's son Rich is working at the location on Sherwood Forest Blvd. where you can see pictures of the newest generation coming along to help out in the family business.
Jay, his family and employees want to thank the faithful patrons that have made Jay's Bar-B-Q a successful business. We look forward to many more happy years of serving you and your families...
Thank you Baton Rouge!
In March 1978, Jay's daughter Connie, and her husband Rick Newton opened a location at 5734 Sherwood Forest Blvd. which is still carrying on the Jay's tradition...