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Cane's: We didn't hide downtown icon

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Posted: May 21, 2014 8:49 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 21, 2014 8:49 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: sign, downtown, baton rouge, business

BATON ROUGE- Ahead of the highly-anticipated opening of a new downtown fast food chain, a restaurant group is distancing itself from a move to hide an icon on the roof of its new location.

The historic Coca-Cola sign was abruptly covered Thursday, a representative with Raising Cane's said.

"The sign was covered today around noon," Julie Perrault said. No one at Cane's apparently knows why and they want it uncovered for Thursday's opening of the new, downtown location.

The restaurant group rents the space it will occupy in the Richoux Building and has no affiliation with the sign. However, it does not want it covered for the event, which is expected to draw a large crowd.

Coca-Cola recently said it was going to restore the bright sign, which has been a staple of the 3rd Street landscape for decades.

"It's unfortunate that the beloved Coca-Cola sign won't be visible for the celebration," Brad Sanders, Raising Cane's President in a news release.

The company said it has asked the landlord, who requested the sign be covered, that it appear for the opening.

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