Riverside Patty closes Third Street location after 30 years
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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