Entering Phase 3, Baton Rouge restaurants share mixed feelings


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge area businesses were anticipating change as the state enters Phase 3 of reopening. But as Gov. John Bel Edwards unveils what the new phase will mean, some businesses are losing the hope they had.

The governor’s guidelines for Phase 3 allow businesses to operate at 75 percent capacity, compared to 50 percent under Phase 2. But the general manager of Superior Grill suggests his venue is too small to benefit from the upgrade.

“Seventy-five percent sounds grea,t but you can’t really add anymore tables without breaking the six foot rule,” Superior Grill general manager Brian Whitley said. “So it doesn’t really add any number of capacity for us.”

Phase 3 restricts sale and service of alcohol at bars past 10 p.m. The businesses serving alcohol must close by 11 p.m, according to Edwards new guidelines.

Zippy’s on Perkins Road was hoping they can return to serving their late night customers past 10 p.m.

“Phase 3 hurts,” Zippy’s general manager Louis Mykoff said. “We’re going to have to close at 10 p.m. on the weekends now instead of 3 in the morning.”

Mykoff says before the pandemic, late-night alcohol sales comprised 30 to 40 percent of Zippy’s income. The restaurant can still stay open after 10 p.m. without serving alcohol, though its management says there would be little point.

“Midnight seems more appropriate then our perspective,” Mykoff said. “Ten p.m. sounds like a little overkill for us.”

“People want to stay, they want to drink, so when we tell them they can’t, they don’t want to hear they can’t do something,” he added. “So when we tell them they can’t drink, they get upset. So we close at 10 now.”

The Phase 3 order is set to last 28 days, expiring on Oct. 9.

Louisiana’s full Phase 3 reopening guidelines are available here.


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