MADISON – Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux celebrated its opening Monday at Clift Farms with a sizable donation to the local non-profit Manna House, a food distribution program in Huntsville.
“This will feed a lot of families in our community,” said Manna House founder Fran Fluhler. “This is such a blessing.”
This is the 88th location of Walk-On’s and the first in North Alabama.
COO Kendall Ware said the restaurant was started by college students Brandon Landry and Jack Warner, who were walk-ons on the LSU basketball team.
“They sketched out the plan for Walk-On’s on the back of a napkin and submitted it as a project in a class at LSU,” Ware said. “They got a C.”
Ware said they kept at it and the first Walk-on’s opened in 2003.
Famed for its menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads as well as Cajun cuisine such as fried alligator and Boudin Balls, Walk-On’s was named the No. 1 brand in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2020 top New Franchise ranking, out of the list’s top 100 companies submitted for Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500.
“The Madison Chamber is excited to welcome Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux to the fast-growing list of restaurants in Clift Farm,” said Michelle Epling, president of the Madison Chamber of Commerce. “Walk-On’s delicious, made-from-scratch dishes will be a wonderful addition to Madison County’s diverse culinary landscape.
“We encourage everyone to head over, order some delicious cheeseburger sliders and beignet bites, and show this new business some support. We are proud to have them as members of our Chamber and as members of our community.”
Walk-On’s joins more than 20 restaurants opened or announced at Clift Farm, 520-acre mixed-use development on the outskirts of Madison along U.S. 72 in Madison County.