Walk-On’s To Donate $12,500 To Each School Participating In The 2017 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Baton Rouge-based brand to honor a “Walk-On of the Year” from both Florida State and Southern Mississippi Dec. 27

Walk-On’s To Donate $12,500 To Each School Participating In The 2017 Walk-On’s Independence BowlWalk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar was founded by two LSU walk-ons who were determined to create a restaurant backed by traits they learned on the basketball court – hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence.

Walk-ons are athletes that are unwilling to give up on their dream of being a college athlete. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is recognizing this hard work and dedication by honoring a “Walk-On of the Year” from the two schools playing in the 2017 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl – Florida State and Southern Miss.

The honorees will be announced after the bowl game on Dec. 27. Also at that time, the Baton Rouge-based brand will donate $12,500 each to both of the college’s General Scholarship Funds.

“Whether you’re a walk-on or a recruit, everyone on the team is needed just as much as the next guy,” said Co-Founder Brandon Landry. “I have experienced first-hand the hard work that must be done in order to earn and keep your spot on a college team. Walk-ons work just as hard if not harder than recruited athletes but they rarely get recognized so we’re excited to showcase two outstanding walk-ons after the bowl game. We feel so strongly about walk-ons’ hard work that we are turning this into an award given annually.”

The 2017 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl will be played at the Independence Stadium in Shreveport on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 12:30 p.m. CST. The game will also air on ESPN.

Walk-On’s now has 16 locations: four in Baton Rouge, two in New Orleans and one each in Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Covington, Broussard and Bossier City, La., and Lubbock, San Antonio and Tyler, Texas. Other locations are coming soon in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, with several additional markets across the Southern U.S. likewise on the drawing board.

New Orleans Saints superstar Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, bought in as co-owners in May 2015. Drew pointed out that Walk-On’s is “a great place to bring my family, teammates and business colleagues” and that they were excited to help “expand the brand across the nation.”

To inquire about franchising opportunities, qualified applicants may contact Kelly Parker at franchise@walk-ons.com. For more information, visit walk-ons.com.

Based in Baton Rouge, La., Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar® is rapidly expanding across the country thanks to its winning combination of food and drinks made from scratch with a taste of Louisiana. Walk-On’s All-American team serves up a game-day experience in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that ensures every guest is a winner. For more information, visit www.walk-ons.com, or contact Ladd Biro at Champion at lbiro@championmgt.com or 972.930.9933.