BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A popular, 24-hour donut shop has announced it will be closing the doors of its Baton Rouge location.
According to a Facebook post, Mr. Ronnie’s Famous Hot Donuts will be closing shop in the capital city and relocating to Cut Off, La. The donut shop was located off Lee Drive.
“Thank you Baton Rouge for 6 years of letting us serve you. Thank you to all of our customers we appreciate all of your business and support,” the post reads.
Kellen Picou, co-owner and son of the shop’s founder, released the following statement about the closure Monday, Nov. 25:
"The Baton Rouge location of Mr. Ronnie’s Famous Hot Donuts started as a Franchise operated Unit in June of 2014. It operated as a Franchise until March 31, 2019, on April 1, 2019, the Mr. Ronnie’s corporation, headquartered in Houma, LA took ownership of this location and operated it to the High Corporate standard of Product and Customer Service. We continued to occupy this location under our ownership, but under the previous franchise owner’s lease agreement. That lease term is ending. We have made a conscious decision not to renew the lease at this location, and purchased the property in Cut Off, LA. Why we are Sad to leave the Baton Rouge community, we certainly hope we are able to return in the future at another location in the Baton Rouge area.
It has certainly been an honor and a great pleasure to be able to serve the community of Baton Rouge. We most sincerely thank all of our customers for their support."
Hundreds of patrons expressed their sorrows in comments on the post.