Baton Rouge restaurant dispute boils over

Owner accuses city officials of racial targeting

Boil & Roux's "The Boiler"/ Provided
Boil & Roux's "The Boiler"/ Provided
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Maurice Walker, 45, grew up eating at Tony’s Seafood, and wanted to one day have his own place just like it. When he 10 years ago saw a closing notice on a Coursey Boulevard restaurant, it felt fortuitous. He went inside and worked something out with the owners on the spot.

Boil & Roux opened in 2015. At the time, there were several Black-owned businesses in the area, including The Grind, Quarter’s, and a hookah lounge. Those have all since closed. Now, Walker feels he’s operating in a neighborhood that’s hostile to his business.

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