Drew Brees-backed Smalls Sliders opens its first metro New Orleans location in Slidell

SLIDELL, La. (NOLA WEEKEND) - Baton Rouge-based burger chain Small Sliders opens its first metro New Orleans location in Slidell.

The quick-serve restaurant concept opens at 1642 Gause Blvd., adjacent to the area’s retail and dining hubs, the company announced.

Small Sliders is a cheeseburger slider quick-service concept with a simplistic menu -- sliders, fries and milkshakes. The Slidell location features both drive-thru and walk-up ordering and marks the sixth restaurant for the burger chain.

The made-to-order cheeseburger sliders are dressed with cheese, sauce and pickles. There’s also an option for a “Biggie Smalls” combo that modifies the sandwich to add double meat and cheese. The menu also features vanilla and chocolate milkshakes.

Owned by former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Brandon Landry, CEO of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, the brand has already garnered a fanatical guest following across the state in markets such as Baton Rouge, Praireville, Shreveport and Thibodaux.

Recently, Maria Rivera, former U.S. president of Kripsy Kreme, joined Smalls Sliders as its Chief Executive Officer, working alongside Brees, Landry and private-equity investor, 10 Point Capital, to lead the rapid expansion of the brand.

The Slidell restaurant will operate under local franchise owner Joseph “Rocky” Gettys.

“With a prominent fan-base in surrounding New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions, we’re excited to bring these fresh and high-quality cheeseburger sliders to the community of Slidell,” Gettys said in a release. “We know it’ll only be a matter of time before our loyal guests ‘slide-thru’ on a regular basis, and we look forward to personally getting to know them.”

Small Sliders’ Slidell opening is the next in line in a series of several openings across Marrero, Denham Springs and Lafayette, all of which are in the works over the next few months, the company said.

Smalls Sliders opened its first restaurant across from Tigerland near LSU in Baton Rouge in 2019. Since then, the chain has grown to six locations, with over 40 locations already in the development pipeline. The restaurant features a unique c-can design, allowing for a quick construction turn-around.

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