On the Monday night after the Christmas holidays, there's not a seat to be found at Chelsea's Cafe.
A crowd has flocked to the restaurant and music venue at 2857 Perkins Road, and with good reason — it could be their last visit.
Owner Dave Remmetter confirmed Monday afternoon that while he had some offers on his business, Chelsea's had still not been sold.
"As of today, our last day in business is Thursday," he said, reiterating that popular Baton Rouge spot will close at the first of the year.
After he made the announcement in early December, Remmetter penned a note to his customers about the closure and put it on Chelsea's front door.
"Yes, it's true ... after 28 years in business I have decided to put Chelsea's up for sale with the hope of finding new owners," the note reads. "However, if that does not happen, we will not renew our liquor license at the current location.
"I have had a great run with this place, and it has afforded me many great friendships that I will cherish forever.
"I'd like to thank my parents for the opportunity to buy Chelsea's years age. I'd also like to thank my family at Chelsea's ... including the staff over the years and so many great people I have met
"We will be open (regardless if we sell or not) through December 31st, and I hope to see y'all here before then.
"Thanks for the good times. What a long strange trip it has been. Love, Dave."
The remaining shows at Chelsea's include The Humble Kind and Elsah on Tuesday at 10 p.m., and The Michael Foster Project on Thursday at 10 p.m.
In early December, Remmetter told The Advocate that while it would be tough to see Chelsea's go, he has had to shift his focus. His other business The Radio Bar has flourished on Government Street, and he is a part owner in the upcoming Mid City Beer Garden that is currently in construction phase.
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