Sclafani said the spunky women’s restroom in Juban’s is frequently tagged in photos on social media, but he can’t take all the credit for the idea.

After he remodeled the Bocage Portobello’s Grill location, Sclafani’s daughter told him, “Dad, I don’t know if you know this, but your restaurant’s becoming cool.” He asked how, and she promptly showed him photos of her friends who were snapping pictures in the bathroom and tagging themselves at the restaurant.

She then showed him other places in Baton Rouge with other aesthetically-pleasing restrooms.

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Peter Sclafani said the spunky women’s restroom in Juban’s is frequently tagged in photos on social media. 

Sclafani said his daughter told him, “My friends, they go in there, and they take these photos in the bathroom — but it can’t look like a bathroom. It has to look like something else.”

And so the wheels began turning. Then, Sclafani partnered with Michael Boudreaux and Kiva Guidroz to remodel and reopen Juban’s in July 2020. Sure enough, a glamorous women’s restroom was included.

Have you snapped a bathroom selfie lately? 

Though women are known to go to the bathroom in groups and spend the most time snapping pictures, they don’t get all of the fun. Brumby Broussard, co-owner of BLDG 5, designed the men’s room with his wife, Misti, so that the wall is see-through and showcases unique and meaningful items.

For example, there’s a carburetor from an old boat that Misti learned to ski on and a slew of old tools from her grandfather.

“That’s where you can really have fun and go crazy,” Brumby Broussard said of the restroom. “I don’t think anybody’s sitting at home on the sofa going, ‘Oh, I’m going to go to that place because they have a great bathroom,’ but it’s just something fun and extra — a little design lagniappe, if you will.”

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The original piping, electrical and other items are left viewable in the restroom at BLDG 5, 2805 Kalurah St. Owners Brumby and Misti Bergeron sought to keep the building’s integrity in their interior design.

He said that guests often stop to take pictures in the bathrooms at BLDG 5 and comment on the space, appreciating the extra thought that went into the design.

According to Samantha Bastion, interior design studio leader at Ritter Maher Architects, the design world is now paying extra attention to restrooms, where in the past they were overlooked.


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