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About 200 Louisiana bars moving toward restaurant model

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 13:02:47-04

The Louisiana Restaurant Association estimates about 200 Louisiana bars have applied for and received restaurant conditional licenses so they can open back up, the Louisiana Radio Network reports.

LRA President Stan Harris told LRN that only bars previously licensed by the Department of Health to do food service can apply, but for those that do qualify he says it has been crucial.

“It has been a godsend to a lot of operators around the state that are bars that have food service, and this is going to give them a lifeline to be able to operate,” says Harris.

All bars were shuttered in Louisiana by order of the Governor last month after initially being allowed to operate under Phase Two, LRN reports.

Harris says if you have the facilities to make the transition it doesn’t take long to get back up and running.

“You can go to ATC.LA.Gov and download the application, complete the application, have it notarized and have it submitted to the nearest ATC office and typically it is a 24 hour turnaround,” Harris tells LRN.

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