Residents of the Highland and Broadmoor neighborhoods have been complaining about the eyesore for months, and now the wrecking ball has arrived.

Erin McCarty
Erin McCarty

The burned out structure at the corner of Kings Highway at Highland Avenue where Don's Seafood used to operate has been torn down. The building was totally destroyed in an early morning fire on January 30th. Since that time, the shell of the building has been crumbling and it is quite a hazard and some say it's been attracting varmints to that location.

Residents have been repeatedly calling city hall to get something done to clear the site. While the structure has been torn down, there is still a lot of clean up to do.

What was the cause of the January fire? Fire Chief Scott Wolverton told KEEL News the blaze was intentionally set.

The Chief sent us this statement earlier this spring:

The fire has been determined to be arson.  The investigation is still on-going.  Our investigators do have a person of interest and are building their case now.  No arrest has been made yet; but when and if an arrest is made; the findings will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office for review and potential prosecution.

Don's Seafood was an area favorite, renowned for it's one of a kind specialties for many years. During the economic downturn in the mid 2000's, the restaurant struggled to attract the younger crowd. This, combined with a host of new restaurants opening along Youree Drive drew folks away from this longtime Highland Neighborhood fixture.

Here is drone footage of the Don's Seafood building fire shared by a viewer on the KTBS page.

Don's was open in Shreveport for more than 40 years, but struggled to attract a steady crowd. Don's Seafood closed its doors for good in 2008.

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