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- New Orleans has launched a month-long curbside dining and parklets pilot, allowing restaurants in designated areas to expand their outdoor seating into public, on-street parking spaces. The city says it will use the pilot to inform a long-term curbside dining and parklet permit program, which is part of a broader vision “to use the public right of way to better support business activities and other initiatives around the city,” as communicated by the administration a few months ago. The program page says a parklet means the “simple placement of tables, chairs, etc. on the roadway in the parking lane for the initial program assessment.” (The city notes that when the long-term program launches, parklet locations will have to be ADA-compliant). Parklet application fees have been waived through the end of the year.
- The city issued warnings to two Bourbon Street bars related to crowds in the French Quarter over the weekend, reports NOLA.com, the first weekend bars could open for outdoor service. Officials said both My Bar and Huge Ass Cantina served alcohol after 11 p.m. and did not enforce social distancing or mask-wearing rules. The city said both venues had been in compliance during previous visits, and agreed to follow the rules, so were only issued written warnings.
- French Quarter cocktail and small plates gem Jewel of the South has built a new, 3,600 square foot outdoor dining space next to the restaurant (on a parking lot). “Roving cocktail carts” of Chris Hannah’s expert creations are manned by bartenders from beloved dive The Saint, and for at least the next two months, chef Ana Castro will man the kitchen. Castro previously worked at the acclaimed Coquette before moving over to help lead Thalia when opened by Coquette’s owners Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus. The future of Thalia remains unclear after the apparent departure of Essig.
- Friday is the last day to apply for Lagniappe Krewe Emergency Relief Fund grant, established by the founders of the Ruby Slipper Café. The one-time, $500 grants are available to hospitality employees and their families who have been affected by the pandemic or Hurricanes Laura or Sally. Apply here.
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