Some BR bars that sell food are open for business, with restrictions

Bars trying to find ways to reopen, with restrictions

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - With the weekend approaching, many people would love to be at their favorite bar drinking their favorite beer, wine, or cocktail, but many bars are closed due to Governor John Bel Edwards’ stay-at-home orders.

Some bars that sell food are open though, but with restrictions.

“We’ve just done everything that we can to keep the doors open,” said Ellie Puryear, director of sales at Red Stick Social on Government Street.

It may not have looked like it because of the rain, but Red Stick Social’s patio was open for business Friday. They’re trying to put the “social” in social distancing.

“We’ve got markers here that are six feet apart, a sign over there that says please stand six feet apart, the tables are ten feet apart each,” said Puryear.

Their kitchen is back open with a limited menu, and they’re boiling crawfish. You can call in your order or walk up to the window.

“Other people will come and order at the window. We have all these masks that all our employees have to wear, as well as fresh gloves, every time we do something, and they’ll place their order, we’ll place it on the ledge right there, the customer will take it and go to the table,” said Puryear.

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Over at The Bulldog on Perkins Road, their back patio is open too, with tables 10 feet apart for you to enjoy one of their more than 80 draft beers. But you have to order food first.

“We do have great pub food, and so we did want to start at least getting back out there and do to-go orders. And so for now, we’re just going to be a temporary restaurant in order to do that,” said Nikki Merritt, general manager of The Bulldog Baton Rouge.

The whole layout of the inside of the place is different. Customers have to line up six feet a part before placing their order.

“They can make their order at the bar for their food and drinks, and then they’re given a buzzer and asked to sit outside or wait in the front. And then at that point, when the food is ordered, they will be buzzed, and it’s basically set up as a to-go order. You can take it out to the patio,” said Merritt.

Employees are wearing masks and gloves, and counters are sanitized after each customer passes through to ensure safety.

“So as much as we want everybody to come out and enjoy our great pub fare and our beer, we just want to make sure everyone is safe while they do it,” said Merritt.

Everyone at the bars WAFB spoke with is anxious to hear when the governor will move Louisiana to Phase 1 of the White House’s plan for reopening, and loosen restrictions for bar owners.

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