Fox and Hound Bar & Grill has shut down its Esplanade Shopping Center location.
A sign taped to the door of the Corporate Boulevard restaurant Thursday morning thanked Baton Rouge customers for the past 15 years of memories and great times.
Inside, employees were packing the contents of the restaurant.
Todd Creekmur, a district manager, said it was a corporate decision to close the restaurant, based on declining business.
Fox and Hound was a popular sports bar in the late 1990s to mid-2000s. But in recent years, the restaurant lost customers to newer eating and drinking establishments.
Fox and Hound is owned by a restaurant group based out of Wichita, Kan. The chain has 76 locations in the U.S., including one in the Elmwood Village Shopping Center in New Orleans.
The closing of Fox and Hound leaves a large empty space in Esplanade Shopping Center, which saw Glen’s Bar close a month ago. The restaurant took up 11,500 square feet in the shopping center, said officials with Hartley-Vey Development, which owns the center.
Jonathan Walker, a commercial real estate agent with Maestri-Murrell Inc., said there’s a good possiblity the old Fox and Hound could be remodeled for general retail.
“You have a better chance of getting a non-restaurant business because the space is so large,” Walker said.
The Fox and Hound space has prime visibility from Interstate 10 and it is located near the intersection of College Drive and Corporate Boulevard, a prime location, Walker said.
“With that center, the only issue is parking,” he said. “And some of the parking problems may have come from Fox and Hound.”