Last Sunday night, a Lake Charles restaurant caught on fire overnight causing a lot of damage and forcing the eatery to have to close until the restaurant can be repaired. The restaurant we are talking about is Area 337. which is a Latin American restaurant located at 2500 Kirkman Street in Lake Charles.

We reported the fire on Monday and since then we have learned that Lake Charles fire officials believe that the cause of the fire was arson. The owner is reeling from the fire and now has to rebuild.


This is why we love Southwest Louisiana! When local business owners found out about the local restaurant and the arson it suffered, they quickly banded together to put on a benefit for the restaurant and the owner and announced it yesterday on social media.  They sent out an event invitation open to the public and this is what it says,

A team of local businesses and people around Lake Charles are coming together to raise money to support owner of Area 337, Gus Garden Rosado, to rebuild his restaurant after an unfortunate fire on the morning of May 22, 2023. The funds of this benefit and any donations will go toward helping Area 337 and its employees while the restaurant is undergoing repairs until it can reopen and serve this great community again!
A big thank you to those who have been in touch with event organizers and everyone who has offered to donate. Please share this event so that we can support this great local restaurant and bring it back as soon as possible!
If you are wanting to donate now, below is a link for the GoFundMe created on behalf of Area 337. If you are interested in donating items for the auction, please contact
How awesome is this? The event will take place at Crying Eagle Brewery on Friday, June 16, 2023, and will start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm. Make plans to attend and support one of our great local businesses.

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