Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s under new ownership in downtown Baton Rouge

    Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s, a popular downtown bar and music club, is under new ownership. In a deal that closed Wednesday, attorney and real estate developer Danny McGlynn sold the assets of the establishment for an undisclosed price to businessman and musician Chad Diaville, whose dance band True Spin regularly performs at the nightclub.

    McGlynn will continue to own the building at 214 Third St. that’s home to Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s.

    Diaville has no plans to rebrand the nightclub, but says he is looking to bring in “bigger bands and create a more Cajun-like feel.” He also hopes to bring food back to the establishment some time early next year, with a Cajun-inspired menu.

    Diaville has several real estate holdings and a landscaping company, but this will be his first bar and music club. He’s hoping it won’t be his last: He eventually plans to bring the Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s concept to New Orleans.

    “I bought the place because I like it and think it has a great, Cajun atmosphere,” he says. “I think we can take it on the road.”

    For his part, McGlynn says he has long wanted to get out of Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s and is happy to be its landlord.

    “Boudreaux got tired and wants to just sit back and collect rent,” he says.

    Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s has been one of the staples along Third Street as the entertainment corridor has developed over the past decade. Three earlier establishments—Marrizil, The Lava Room and Rasputin—occupied the space before Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s opened in 2007.

    The ownership change is the latest of several along Third Street. Last month, Walk-On’s owner Brandon Landry bought Happy’s Irish Pub, which he co-founded a decade ago, from its parent company, Walk-On’s Enterprises and plans to eventually bring food service to the pub’s beer garden. Earlier this fall, Jack Warner sold Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Club and Schlittz & Giggles to Ian Vaughn, who has since opened a Lava Cantina in the former Lucy’s space.

    —Stephanie Riegel

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