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Shreveport's Cotton Boll to reopen Wednesday

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 6:47 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2016 at 5:47 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Cotton Boll restaurant in Shreveport has been purchased and will reopen Wednesday morning.

The iconic restaurant at 1624 Fairfield Ave. closed its doors because the former owner Leslie Henry-Mellor said a family member is sick and she has to relocate to care for her loved one.

The historical diner abruptly closed its doors last Monday, but the tradition of dishing out food for the soul will live on.

Henry-Mellor told KSLA News 12 that the Cotton Boll has been purchased by 4 locals. She says they have plans to keep everything intact, including the menu, recipes, staff, cooks and hours.

The new owners are Seth Manly, Lisa Reyenga and her parents John and Vikki Markaverich. Manly and Reyenga co-own On the Go Delivery.

Manly said once he knew the iconic restaurant was for sale he immediately thought, "We can't let this history die."

Henry-Mellor says she will stay for about 2 weeks to teach them the ways and say bye to regulars.

"It's not just a business, it's a place you want to go to work, because you have so many people you want to see and you want to please," said Henry-Mellor.

The Cotton Boll has been serving its famous two-egg omelets, short stacks of pancakes and other dishes for around eight decades.

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