Tim Hood, the longtime co-owner of popular Baton Rouge restaurants The Chimes and Parrain’s, died Monday after a battle with cancer.
Hood co-owned The Chimes, a longtime favorite bar and grill with LSU faculty and staff, since 1986. Hood, along with his brother-in-law, Michael Ryan, and John D’Antoni, opened Parrain’s in 2001.
A second Baton Rouge location of The Chimes opened in 2005, followed by a Covington Chimes location. Hood also owned The Varsity, a popular live music venue for local and national acts, located next to The Chimes.
Hood described his restaurants as serving “Louisiana comfort food” — gumbo, seafood platters, hamburgers and rotating lunch specials.
In a statement posted on The Chimes’ Facebook page, Hood was remembered as “a treasured friend, mentor, and employer to everyone in The Chimes, Varsity, and Parrain’s families, as well as a loving husband, father, brother, and son to his own family.”
“Tim set the bar incredibly high as he dealt with the cancer and resulting treatments that finally took him from us. His refusal to be overwhelmed by adversity, his unparalleled grace, courage, and good humor were examples to us all,” the statement read. “We will miss him terribly.”
Clarke Cadzow, who owns Highland Coffees and is historian of the North Gates area, said Hood was a good businessman and an even better person.
“It’s hard to imagine what this neighborhood would be like without The Chimes,” Cadzow said. “Tim gave a lot to his customers, his employees and this neighborhood in ways that cannot be calculated.”
Hood was a supporter of events such as the North Gate Fest and generously donated his time and money, Cadzow said.
The Chimes set a model for being an affordably priced bar and grill that a number of local restaurants emulated, Cadzow said. “They are so consistent in their service and everything is affordably priced,” he said. “They really captured the college town atmosphere.”