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Juban’s said it will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday.

The restaurant announced the closure Friday on social media outlets. “Our plans are to reopen in the near future once things have settled down,” the restaurant said. “Hang in there Baton Rouge!”

Juban’s said it will be temporarily closed beginning Saturday.

The restaurant announced the closure Friday on social media outlets. “Our plans are to reopen in the near future once things have settled down,” the restaurant said. “Hang in there Baton Rouge!”

The contemporary Creole restaurant is the final property in the Juban Restaurant Group to temporarily close. Adrian’s Restaurant on Highland Road shut down on June 1, while Christina’s, a downtown breakfast and lunch spot, said on June 23 it was putting the business on hold because it couldn’t bring in enough employees to staff the business. A few days later, Beausoleil on Jefferson Highway said it would be closed because of the local rise in coronavirus cases.

Shutting down Juban's “just made sense,” said Michael Boudreaux, a partner with the Juban's Restaurant Group. Business dipped off when coronavirus cases shot up. When it became mandatory last week to wear masks inside restaurants and stores, Boudreaux said people started cancelling reservations and postponing them until the fall.

"There's been a lot of stress on the staff and it's hard to keep them motivated," he said. "There's been a lot of stress on everyone. We're all worried about what the future holds for us, just as ordinary citizens."

Boudreaux has repeatedly said all of the closings are temporary. He's discussed the possibility of reopening Adrian’s as soon as Sept. 1 or as late as Jan. 1. The possibility of keeping Beausoleil and Juban’s closed for the month of July, which is traditionally slow for the restaurant business, has also been mentioned.

“We would love to say that we would be back open at Juban's on August 1, but it depends on the market,” he said. Adding to the uncertainty is the issue of finding enough workers for four different restaurants. “It’s going to be like opening all of those restaurants again,” he said. The Juban’s group may be forced to reopen all four restaurants on a piecemeal basis.

Juban’s has been open since 1983.


Email Timothy Boone at tboone@theadvocate.com.