Baton Rouge restaurant faces fourth flooding in five straight years

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- With no walls, carpet and floors, Mestizo’s is keeping business alive by operating only to go on Thursday night.

Mestizo’s is still suffering from Monday night’s flash flooding. The restaurant will open reopen for dine-in despite dealing with flooding recovery.

“The water was still kind of high for an extended period of time, which is why we had to gut out most of the sheet rock out of the restaurant,” said Owner Jim Urdiales.

Mestizo’s is located in a hotspot for flooding, near Acadian Thruway. The area shut down again on Thursday in order to drain water.

This is the fourth time the restaurant flooded in the past five years.

“We flooded quickly in a very short period of time, we got up to three feet of water,” Urdiales said.

He believes business will not be impacted negatively because people in the area are used to flooding.

“These are some busy months for us, but the Baton Rouge restaurant community, we support each other strongly,” Urdiales said.

Mestizo’s will reopen this weekend with limited capacity and reopen back to normal on Monday.

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