BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Velvet Cactus, a Mexican restaurant located near Jefferson Highway, announced that it will not reopen its doors in the new year.

The restaurant said the following in a social media post on Wednesday night:

“It’s with deep sadness that we announce The Velvet Cactus Baton Rouge will not reopen its doors. We appreciate the love our patrons have given us over the years and the care and dedication our employees have shown for the business from beginning to end.”

The Velvet Cactus Baton Rouge

After multiple questions in the comments about the decision for the closure, the restaurant added an explanation blaming inflation.

“After the pandemic sales stayed the same, but all costs across the board went up,” the restaurant said. “It was a hard decision, but with costs still rising it was for the best. Hopefully, someone can take our building and make [it] a wonderful place for Baton Rouge.”

The Velvet Cactus thanked its loyal customers and told those who bought gift cards to redeem them at the restaurant’s New Orleans location or email aimee.sandrock@yahoo.com for a refund.