Story

The story of Walk-On’s actually began years before the unique restaurant concept was even an idea. That’s because the story of Walk-On’s is one of friendship, hard work and an undying commitment to succeed at the next level. It’s a story that began in the unlikeliest of places – on a college basketball court.

From the Court to the Restaurant

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

Walk-On’s founders Brandon Landry and Jack Warner became fast friends as a pair of walk-ons (unrecruited and unsigned athletes who are unwilling to give up on their dream of being college athletes) on the Louisiana State University basketball team. Both worked hard and practiced even harder to earn and keep their spots on the team. Without a lot of true playing time, though, Brandon and Jack were able to discover that their shared interests and hopes went beyond the basketball court.

1997
One Dream Leads to Another

One Dream Leads to Another

While living out their dreams as members of the LSU basketball team, Brandon and Jack traveled across the country. During these trips, they were able to visit some of the best restaurants and sports bars in the country and began to recognize the need for such a concept in Baton Rouge, especially near LSU. Their idea began to take shape 35,000 feet above the earth as they sketched their vision for a floor plan on the back of a napkin while the team flew home from a road game at the University of Tennessee.

2000
Walk-On's is Born

Walk-On's is Born

Despite having little business experience and even less financial backing, Brandon and Jack incorporated the traits they learned on the basketball court – hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence - into their vision. The two were determined to create a business environment built on culture and the idea that everyone on the team was needed and mattered as much as the next guy. On September 9, 2003, their shared dream became a reality as Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar opened for business in the shadows of LSU’s Tiger Stadium.

2003
Welcome to the Team

Welcome to the Team

Over the next 9 years, hard work and dedication helped expand the Walk-On’s footprint to locations across south Louisiana. As Walk-On’s success grew, so too did its reputation in the industry and across the country. In 2012, ESPN took notice and named Walk-On’s the #1 Sports Bar in America.

2012
Full Court Press

Full Court Press

The most significant year in Walk-On’s growth followed two years of preparations focused on expanding the concept across the country through franchising. At the same time, NFL All-Pro Quarterback Drew Brees expressed an interest in the business and ultimately joined the Walk-On’s team as a co-owner.

2015
NOW

Winning Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Success in sports and success in life often come from similar paths. Brandon Landry has turned the traits he learned as a college basketball walk-on into virtues that he shares freely with everyone on the Walk-On’s team as part of his life’s calling. Today, with over 100 locations in the works across 15 states, the sky is the limit. Walk-On’s operates with a mission of delivering a memorable game day experience with a taste of Louisiana created by an All-American team. Brandon regularly and proudly shares his goal with everyone on his team – To Win!

Our Team Captains

Read Brandon's Story
Read Brandon's Story

Brandon Landry

Founder, Co-Owner and CEO

Read Drew's Story
Read Drew's Story

Drew Brees

Co-Owner and Partner