Going into a crucial Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, New Orleans restaurants are encouraging — and in some cases, supporting — voting efforts in various ways, from closing to ensure staff have time to vote, to offering election day specials, to hosting socially-distanced, outdoor viewing parties.
A number of restaurants and bars hosted voter registration drives in the lead-up to early voting in Louisiana (October 16 to October 27), and some even showed up on the first day to feed those waiting in line. For Tuesday, some spots have committed to giving employees paid time off or closing in order to make it easier for them to vote — popular local coffee shop chain French Truck Coffee will close all locations at 11 a.m., for instance, and Cafe Reconcile and cocktail bar Cure are closed for the day to ensure staff has time to vote. UPDATE: Cafe Reconcile is also spending the day preparing and distributing 1,000 servings of jambalaya to people waiting in line to vote, reports NOLA.com.
For those staying open, some are offering free or discounted dishes and drinks to voters (technically, this practice is illegal, but businesses can get around it by extending these specials to everyone, even without proof of voting). And while there are far fewer election night watch parties happening around the city than in 2016, a few businesses will air election results on their outdoor TVs, in the case of Courtyard Brewery due to popular demand.
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Restaurants, Bars, and Coffee Shops Offering Election Day Specials
Ancora Pizzeria is running pizza happy hour pricing all day, meaning five of its excellent Neapolitan-style pies are on offer for $9 each, from 2 to 9 p.m.
In Marrero, Biere Bar is offering a free domestic beer (with the purchase of another beer) for customers wearing an “I voted” sticker, starting at 1 p.m.
Bywater Bakery has an election night take-and-bake chicken pot pie and slice of blue wave cake combo for $20. Open until 2 p.m.
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, which historically served as a crucial gathering spot for local civil rights leaders and activists, continues its democratic legacy with a special “Voting Stirs the Pot” election night family meal menu. Serves four to six people for just $46.00.
Gnarly Barley Brewing is offering 20% off to-go beer to voters, noon to 7 p.m.
Swing by the Ace Hotel’s Josephine Estelle downtown for free lemonade and trail mix after voting.
Parleaux Beer Lab in Bywater is offering a free beer on Election Day to anyone who snaps a pic or selfie outside of their polling location, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Restaurants and Bars Playing Election Results on Patio TVs
At the Broadside Nola, the Broad Theater’s brand new, open-air outdoor venue, an election night party featuring drag performances and commentary is hosted by Laveau Contraire, Tarah Cards and Cucci Licci from 8 to 11 p.m. Masks are required; admission is $10.
While not initially planned, Courtyard Brewery announced today it will air election day results and have someone there spinning vinyl. “If you come, please mask, distance, and behave.”
Beloved Marigny gay bar The Phoenix is hosting an outdoor viewing event on its N. Rampart Street sidewalk starting at 6 p.m., and this one should be fun. Free shots will be distributed when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win a state, and free spankings offered when Donald Trump and Mike Pence win a state.
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