BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The owner of a historic Baton Rouge restaurant is retiring after an impeccable 47 years of working.

Co-owner of Chicken Shack, Henry Baptiste announced his retirement.

Baptiste said in a statement, “Over the years, I’ve enjoyed meeting and serving thousands of customers, and for that, I’m eternally grateful. It’s hard to walk away from so many customers’ smiling faces that I see in the Chicken Shack daily, but the time has come to fry that last piece of chicken.”

Chicken Shack supported Southern University Athletics and the university thanked Baptiste in a post.

Chicken Shack opened as an ice cream parlor in 1935 by Thomas H. Delpit. Delpit later turned the parlor into Chicken Shack. Thomas Delpit’s son, Joe Delpit began operating the business after his father’s passing. In 1981, Delpit expanded the business across the state and invited his wife and childhood friend, Baptiste to help control the business.

Chicken Shack is still in operation and has three other locations in Baton Rouge.