Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In Memoriam: The Chimes & Varsity Theatre co-owner Tim Hood dies

If you've spent any time on or near the campus of Louisiana State University (LSU), you've no doubt eaten at The Chimes or seen a show at The Varsity Theatre. Under Tim Hood's guidance, along with brother-in-law Michael Ryan, the two establishments became the place to dine on Louisiana fare and watch a game, or see a concert right outside the North Gates of campus, just a half a mile or so from Tiger Stadium. Hood also co-owned Parrain's, The Chimes East and The Chimes Covington. 

"Tim was a pioneer of the casual dining scene here in Baton Rouge," said Peter Sclafani of Ruffino's and LRA Baton Rouge Chapter President. "With The Varsity Theatre, he created a venue that truly elevated local and national musicians for the enjoyment of LSU students and residents of Baton Rouge."

Hood lost his battle with cancer yesterday, February 9, 2015. According to a Varsity Theatre representative, "Tim set the bar incredibly high as he dealt with the cancer and resulting treatments that finally took him from us. His refusal to be overwhelmed by adversity, his unparalleled grace, courage and good humor were examples to us all. We will miss him terribly."

Condolences from employees and customers have been constant since the announcement and tout his kindness, gentlemanly nature, love, generosity, and his deeply-rooted culture and service to the LSU community.

"I'm so sad to hear of Tim's passing. I was the kitchen manager and then the general manager from 1990-1996 and Tim (and Mike) became like family during that time and helped me take the step to open my own place," said former employee Greg Hartley. "My thoughts and prayers are with The Chimes family, one that I will always feel a part of."

"I knew Tim well during the course of my career and he was a visionary and spent a long time in the restaurant industry," said Stan Harris, LRA President and CEO. "He inspired and trained many people, who under his tutelage made a rewarding career in our industry just as he did."

Hood was a longtime member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. 

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