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Our Walk On's® Story

From the Court to the Restaurant

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux® Co-founders as college basketball players on the bench

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.

Cocktail napkin sketch of Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux® interior

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.

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux® restaurant exterior example

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 restaurant 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.

Voted ESPN’s #1 Sports Bar

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.

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux® co-founders with Drew Brees

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.

National Restaurant Association Conference Group Photo

Chef Driven

We were selected as winner for National Restaurant News' Menu Masters Awards. As a selected Menu Master winner, we were honored at the National Restaurant Association's conference in Chicago. This confirmed that our concept is unique and interesting as a brand.

Group Photo for Game On Event with Harlem Globetrotter

A Better Place to Play

The Walk-On’s Game On Foundation® was inspired by our roots on the courts and fields of our community. The Foundation has refurbished two basketball courts in Baton Rouge, our headquarters and home town. The Walk-On’s Game On Foundation® is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to rebuild or refurbish youth sports facilities. Money raised through our Foundation will support youth sports facilities and athletics in communities all across the country.

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux® Exterior

1st String

Walk-On's® is named the No. 1 brand in Entrepreneur's prestigious 2020 Top New Franchises Ranking. The ranking was based on a list of the top 100 companies submitted for Entrepreneur's 2019 Franchise 500® ranking that began franchising in the last five years. 


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 Captain

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Brandon Landry

Founder, Co-Owner and CEO

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Drew Brees

Co-Owner and Partner

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