BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Alcohol delivery and to-go service that began during the height of the pandemic will stick around in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The pandemic brought about a new business model for many bars and restaurants.
“It kind of gave us an opportunity to try it and see what work, what didn’t work. You know, we found out it was working, they’ve enjoyed it and it’s been a benefit and boom to each individual business” said East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Aaron Moak.
Wednesday, the Metro Council unanimously approved the ordinance keeping to-go booze on the books.
After a months long-discussion, Metro-Councilman Cleve Dunn believes they got it right.
“That was part of the dialogue that came up. We didn’t want to make it just UBER and WAITR, we wanted to make sure mom and pop restaurant and bars have the ability if they want to do it in house that they can make those deliveries as well,” said Dunn.
Both Dunn and Moak authored the ordinance and believe it’ll help get businesses back on track.
The vote also changes language that would have excluded businesses that hired drag queens as bartenders or dancers and reduces some liquor license fees.
YOU CAN READ THE ORDINANCE HERE.