Restaurant owners adjust to phase 3

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Neal Hendrick owns Zippy’s Burritos Tacos. During phase two of reopening, tons of people would buy food and drinks every Friday, but not tonight.

This is the first Friday of Governor John Bel Edwards’ amended phase three order, which allows restaurants to sell alcohol until 11 PM.

Zippys typically is open until 3 AM and stops selling alcohol at 2 AM. Hendrick says this new rule is a big blow to his sales.

“[It’s] pretty big loss going into football season,” Hendrick said. “[It’s] probably a loss of $8,000 to $15,000 a week.”

Across from Tiger Stadium, Fat Boys Pizza has also changed their hours to match up with the governor’s alcohol rules. They used to be open until 1 AM.

Originally phase three mandated that restaurants stop selling alcohol at 10 PM. Now that an extra hour has been added, Chad Collura, the pizza shops Director of Operations, says he’s grateful for the additional hour, but it doesn’t do them that much good.

“We don’t know how much impact the one hour will be,” Collura said.

Both owners say their main focus is the customers, and they’re hoping to be back to normal hours of operation soon.

Phase three is set to expire Oct. 9.

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