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"On the Border" closing Baton Rouge restaurant after lease not renewed

Written by

Timothy Boone


Mexican restaurant On the Border permanently closed Monday after more than 20 years in business.

Tim Armour, the kitchen manager for On the Border, said restaurant would shut down after Monday night’s New Orleans Saints-Minnesota Vikings game. Armour said the restaurant’s landlord exercised an option not to renew On the Border’s lease.

About 25 people work at the restaurant, Armour said.

On the Border opened in 1995 as one of three restaurants Dallas-based Brinker International dropped into the Baton Rouge market off of Corporate Boulevard. The sister properties, Grady’s American Grill and Macaroni Grill eventually closed. Macaroni Grill is now The Pelican House, a restaurant and craft beer bar. The old Grady’s spot has been demolished and a Tru by Hilton hotel is now under construction on the site.

The fact that a 119-room hotel is going up next to On the Border was one of the factors that led to the landlord's decision not to renew the lease, Armour said.