Two popular restaurants close in Baton Rouge due to impacts from COVID-19, residents saddened

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Many are sad to hear two popular restaurants are closing their doors for good. Rum House and Rama day the closures are a result of COVID-19.

“I hate that these smaller businesses are losing enough customers that they’re going to have to close,” Sarah Glynn said. 

“It’s really sad that these owners that have invested their whole life and money into these businesses is going to lose all of it,” Tiffany Thibodeaux said.

Now outside of Rama is a sign that says closed, the inside filled with empty tables and boxes.

“[The owners] weren’t ready for it, Wendy Cargle, spokeswoman for the restaurant, said. “He is very heartbroken over it he didn’t want to have to make this decision 

After 40 years the well-known Asian restaurant is saying goodbye to the capitol city. 

Cargle says they tried curbside pickup, but it wasn’t enough to bounce back from the financial woes of the shutdown.

“All good things must come to an end, so they’re ready to retire,” Cargle says.

Rum House on Perkins Road released a statement on its Facebook page saying, “like most small businesses and many in the restaurant industry, the impact of (the) COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating.”

Tiffany Thibodeaux says she has many fond memories from Rum House, and it will be greatly missed.

“A lot of my good memories are at Rum House because [since] my daughter worked there I would frequently go there and I knew a lot of the staff,” Thibodeaux said. “I didn’t realize, especially when it first began, how much how deep the impact was going to be.” 

Both restaurants wanted to thank all of the customers that supported them over the years.

This Saturday, Rama will be selling their inventory.

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