Dearman’s has been a staple of the Bocage Village Shopping Center for 58 years.
It’s always been known for its burgers and shakes and the memories that came with them.
People all over Baton Rouge were shocked when an early morning fire back in March destroyed the diner.
To make matters worse one week after the fire, the owner of Dearman’s, David Van Gelder, was notified by the shopping center’s management that his lease was being terminated.
Management cited a clause that states the lease can be terminated in the case of a fire damaging the property.
This started a social media outcry of people trying to save Dearman’s.
In this case, the people got their wish.
Earlier this month, Dearman’s was granted a new five year lease.
Once renovations are finished, the doors to Dearman’s will open up to waiting community.
The owner of Dearman’s wasn’t able to meet with us in person, but he did tell Local 33 that the public support has been amazing and Dearman’s will be back and better than ever.
A re-opening date hasn’t been set, but they are hoping to have the doors open sometime in September.