BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One of the oldest coffee shops in Baton Rouge will not close after all.
Officials from Highland Coffees at LSU's North Gates announced Tuesday afternoon that its lease has been extended "and that we will be able to continue serving our customers from our location on Chimes St. for years to come."
This comes after company officials announced in September that it would be closing because they were not able to come to terms with a new lease. The last day of business had been set for Dec. 24. The announcement was met with swift reaction from a surprised LSU community. A petition on
was set up to keep the java joint open indefinitely.
Here is the complete statement from Highland Coffees:
"We are pleased to announce that the Highland Coffees' lease has been extended and that we will be able to continue serving our customers from our location on Chimes St. for years to come. With any lease transaction, there are differing perspectives and expectations that need to be addressed, and in this case, the outcome of the lease discussions was successful. We deeply appreciate the support of our friends and customers during this lease renewal process. We look forward to continuing our involvement with the wonderful people and businesses of the unique and historic North Gate community, a relationship we have cherished for twenty-five years."