BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One of the oldest coffee shops in Baton Rouge will close its doors by the end of the year.
Highland Coffees told customers Monday morning that it was not able to reach a deal to renew its lease in the spot it has occupied at LSU's North Gates since 1989. The last day the business will be open will be December 24.
Below is a copy of the letter:
The announcement was met with swift reaction from a surprised LSU community. A petition on Change.org is already collecting signatures to keep the java joint open indefinitely.
The Chimes Street area has undergone major changes in the last ten years, with a number of older businesses relocating or shutting down. Highland Coffees management said in the announcement that the business eventually hopes to reopen in a different spot.