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The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed

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Riverside Patty, which has been serving oversized burgers to downtown office workers for three decades, closed its Third Street location Wednesday.

Riverside’s website says its landlord has asked it to vacate building and that the Cloverland Avenue location off Siegen Lane remains open for business.

An employee who answered the phone downtown was telling callers that Wednesday was the Third Street restaurant’s last day open and referred calls to the Siegen store, which were unanswered.

The building, known as the Old Louisiana Theater, was built in 1913. The owner, Gordon “Skeet” LeBlanc, could not be reached for comment.

Davis Rhorer, executive director of the Downtown Development District, said Riverside Patty was a well-known downtown institution with a well-deserved reputation among diners in the central business district.



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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
Cmon skeet!!!


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
A sad day, for sure. The weight was always worth the wait - or maybe that's backwards. Never can remember.
This post was edited on 11/24 at 1:14 pm


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
There is aomething afoot with that kind of business decision after thirty years of a business at one location. A wiser landlord will be getting in touch with the owners ASAP, will have to move and readjust the lease and prices, but they will return.


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
Went twice in the last few months. Aight I guess, granted I can't think of a better one downtown. Thought the first time was a fluke, guess it just isn't my kind of burger.


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
Damn you Skeet!!!


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
Was the RP burger downtown a huge hunk of tasteless ground meat like the RP burger is on Cloverland?


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
I've known Skeet for years (admittedly not very well--just a working relationship) and never knew he owned that building.

There must be something to it because he doesn't seem like the Donnie Jarreau type (anyone remember Southdowns? ) who would just kick a long-time tenant out on the street.

Or, I could be wrong.

I bet Davis Rohrer has something to do with it. He seems like a weaselly little bastard.


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
from todays buiness report

After 30 years of serving up burgers and lunch fare at 336 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge, Riverside Patty has closed its doors.


Restaurant owner Nader Tahmasebi says two reasons are behind Riverside's closure, which occurred Wednesday: He couldn't work out a new lease with the building's owner, and business has been sapped by food trucks that have increasingly been frequenting the downtown area.


"It was [a tough decision to make], but if you don't have revenue coming in and the rent is going up and the food costs are going up, you don't have much choice," Tahmasebi says.


A second Riverside Patty location at 10933 Cloverland Ave., near the intersection of Siegen Lane, remains open. DDD Executive Director Davis Rhorer says the food trucks that frequent downtown are typically "nowhere near" Riverside Patty or any other downtown restaurant, per a verbal agreement with the DDD. He speculates any dip in Riverside Patty's business in recent years is due to an increase in other brick-and-mortar restaurants in the area competing for lunch business.


Rhorer says the DDD is also encouraging the police to better enforce parking requirements downtown so food trucks or trailers cannot overstay the two-hour limit at most meters, which he acknowledges has been a problem.



"It was a well-known downtown institution," Rhorer says of Riverside Patty. "But I also know the owner has some plans for a renovation and wants to upgrade it."


The building is owned by Gordon LeBlanc Jr., who could not be reached for comment on plans for the building. Rhorer says he's confident the building will not sit idle for long. Meanwhile, Tahmasebi says he has no plans to try to open Riverside Patty in another downtown location.


"Not as long as those food trucks are downtown," he says. "There's at least four trucks coming downtown and taking business from everybody. There should be an ordinance or something."







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"There's at least four trucks coming downtown and taking business from everybody. There should be an ordinance or something."

Or you should put out a better product and stop looking for protection.


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
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business has been sapped by food trucks that have increasingly been frequenting the downtown area.


I doubt this is the case, but let's say it is. Riverside got hit upside the head with the free-market stick.


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
Just curious, anybody have any inside info on what happened here? We all know that what was reported is probably just window washing...

Just curious.


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
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"Not as long as those food trucks are downtown," he says. "There's at least four trucks coming downtown and taking business from everybody. There should be an ordinance or something."


Sounds like he should work with Smokie to get the Metro Council to drop a bunch of restrictions on them since they can't compete in a free market.

Oops, Smokie got bounced off the Metro Council...never mind.


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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
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"There's at least four trucks coming downtown and taking business from everybody. There should be an ordinance or something."


Or you should put out a better product and stop looking for protection.


Exactly..


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LSUBoo
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re: The holiday season is ruined. Riverside Patty downtown is closed
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quote:

"There's at least four trucks coming downtown and taking business from everybody. There should be an ordinance or something."

Or you should put out a better product and stop looking for protection.


Curbside >>>> Riverside Patty... just the way it is. I was never a huge fan of Riverside Patty to begin with though, it would be behind several other downtown lunch places for me.


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