BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Restaurants and bars are doing everything they can to keep their doors open and customers coming. At the mayor’s press conference, Adam Knapp, the president of BRAC says, “The livelihood of families and individuals have gone under because of difficulties in doing businesses.” It’s a situation that’s all too real for business owners and employees who depend on paychecks to keep going.
Now, a taco restaurant and a brewery just off Government Street are working together so their doors can stay open. They opened around the same time—four months ago—new businesses making their debut during a pandemic.
“The synergies really work out well, and it’s nice just having another business like that in the parkin lot that can just bring people here, and they can just have a little night out on the town. Stay outside, stay social distance and support a couple of different small businesses,” says Jay Ducote who is the owner of Gov’t Tacos.
Most of the time, customers will bounce back and forth between Gov’t Tacos and Cypress Coast Brewery. Both businesses safely seating their customers outside.
“So, it’s just like a collaboration where we want to make like a block party, somebody that wants to come hang out and just spend their time here,” says Brittany Shlamp who is one of the co-owners of Cypress Coast. It’s a friendly partnership, one that both businesses hope to continue even after the pandemic. “We know that we are really in this together and not just in the pandemic, but hopefully for a long long time we’re here in our little corner of Mid City,” adds Ducote.
“Because really anybody that’s coming here to drink a Cypress Coast Beer is a potential customers of ours, and similarly anybody who is coming to eat our tacos is a potential customer of their’s,” said Jay Ducote, owner of Government Tacos.
The two businesses hope that one day they will be able to collaborate together and host a few parties or special events for the community.
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