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- Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant Emeril’s New Orleans and French Quarter tourist destination Pat O’Briens are among the New Orleans businesses that reported employee layoffs to the Louisiana Workforce Commission in September. Businesses with 100 employees or more are required to report layoffs through the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN) act when they don’t plan to rehire employees within six months. Emeril’s filed a notice on September 15 regarding 97 employees laid off on March 17; however Pat O’Brien’s filed a notice regarding the layoffs of 80 employees to take place by September 30. Dave & Buster’s reported it would lay off 97 employees by November 8.
- Ten teams that normally compete in New Orleans’s beloved annual barbecue festival Hogs for the Cause will be cooking up their specialties this Sunday, September 27, at Lakeview restaurant Junior’s on Harrison. Called the Hogstar BBQ Drive-Thru, the teams (including restaurants Blue Oak BBQ and Frey Smoked Meat Co.) will each prepare one item to be boxed together in packs for a couple ($49.99) or a family ($99.99). Sales are by pre-order only, with pickup at the drive-thru on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — perfect timing for Sunday night’s Saints game.
- After the city ordered Irish Channel bar Tracey’s closed immediately, owner Jeff Carreras told WWL that there were no violations of city guidelines during Monday night’s Saints game. A video he tweeted during the game kicked off a social media firestorm and led city officials to shut down the bar until it “provides an operational management plan” to address overcrowding. Carreras told WWL, “We strictly enforced physical distancing, operated at less than 50% of our capacity, ensured customer’s temperatures were taken, and mandated the wearing of masks when our guests were going to and leaving from their tables.”
- New Orleans’s ban on to-go drinks continues to frustrate local proprietors, with the owner of bars Twelve Mile Limit and the Domino T. Cole Newton starting an online petition this week asking Mayor LaToya Cantrell to lift the ban. A city spokesperson has said some restrictions would be eased late next week, and that to-go alcohol rules were among those being looked at for consideration.
- A fundraiser from the organizers of the annual Crescent City Classic road race will raise money for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a nonprofit that gives grants to hospitality workers in need. Through October 15, the Bourbon Street Barathon sends participants (solo or in small groups) on a route through the French Quarter and CBD that passes 17 bars, awarding a “virtual drink” to participants when they pass each bar. Donations raised by participants for their challenge and a portion of their registration fees go to the Foundation.
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