When Ignatius Eatery (3121 Magazine St., 896-0242) moved down Magazine Street earlier this year, taking over the location of the Rue de la Course coffee house, there was some speculation the two places would simply swap addresses. The restaurant and the coffee house share the same owner, and even their tables and chairs were identical.
But it turns out the former Ignatius location will be something else altogether. Saucy's BBQ (4200 Magazine St., 301-2755; www.saucysnola.com), formerly of Metairie, is ready to start smoking its meats there, and its owners report they're waiting on city licenses to open their doors.
Gary Kurz and Rich Labatut first opened Saucy's in September 2011 near Metairie's Lakeside Shopping Center. Self-described barbecue fanatics, the two friends said they started Saucy's because they were dissatisfied with the state of local barbecue. They closed the original location in May and have since refined their menu for Magazine Street, putting more focus on their St. Louis-style dry rub ribs, brisket, pulled pork and sausages. The menu also includes barbecue-covered nachos, quesadillas and links of smoked boudin. Labatut says they plan to add smoked chicken soon, with an option for whole birds packaged to go. Saucy's will be BYOB, serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.