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  Temporary Restraining Order served to Firehouse BBQ Monday

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has served a temporary restraining order against the owner of a Livingston Parish business that has refused to comply with the governor’s COVID-19 mask mandate.

Baton Rouge Medical Advisory Board issues guidance for businesses amid coronavirus

  Judge denies injunction to halt Gov. Edwards’ mandates forcing bar closures

  Some bars agree to pay fine to reinstate licenses; constitutionality of virus restrictions to be argued in hearing

Carnival Cruises to continue pause in operations until Oct. 31

Waitr doubles delivery zones for restaurants in Baton Rouge areas

Amazon signs lease for new delivery station near Siegen Lane

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  About 700 La. businesses have received at least 1 violation of COVID-19 restrictions since May

LED releases COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for crews restarting TV/film production in La.

  Firehouse BBQ in Livingston Parish reopens despite LDH revoking food permit for violating mask, social distancing mandates

  BR business owner feels more confident reopening with the help of air purifying technology

  Treasurer: 15K small business owners have applied for Main Street Recovery Program in first 2 days

  North Baton Rouge advocates want to make sure minority business owners have access to grant money

  Labor groups rally outside congressional offices in BR, fighting for extended unemployment benefits

The Save the $600 Rally is one of several happening across Louisiana.

Neighbors Federal Credit Union contributes $68K Baton Rouge area schools through Mascot Checking Program

Neighbors Federal Credit Union (NFCU) has contributed a combined $64,340.30 to 15 schools in the Greater Baton Rouge area that participated in its Mascot Checking Program during the 2019-2020 school year.

  Bar owner says a few bad apples hurting everyone’s chances of reopening

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says his office will remain proactive after four bars across the state had their permits suspended during the last weekend in July.

  Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for Main Street Recovery Program grants to help with COVID-19 expenses

Small businesses in Louisiana can apply for grants to help cover COVID-19 related costs starting July 28, State Treasurer John Scroder announced Wednesday, July 1 during a press conference.

Education software leader’s move to Louisiana to bring nearly 400 jobs to Lafayette area

  Ongoing bar closures due to COVID-19 spike impacting owners

  BRAC says Baton Rouge economy could take a hit as extra unemployment benefits end

  Bars and restaurants prohibited from selling take-out drinks due to COVID-19 spike in Orleans Parish

Giving campaign inspired by national coin shortage

  Baton Rouge dance studio offers kids a chance to perform despite never-ending cancellations

Staffing agency hosting drive-thru job fair in Baton Rouge on July 22

Downtown Baton Rouge Express Employment Professionals will host a drive-thru job fair Wednesday, July 22.

As federal unemployment benefits scheduled to come to an end, Urban League of Louisiana hosting virtual job fair

The Urban League of Louisiana is hosting a virtual job fair Friday, July 24.

  Torchy’s Tacos announces grand opening date for Baton Rouge location

Mark your calenders Baton Rouge Torchy’s Tacos has officially announced a grand opening date.

  As renters struggle to make payments, landlords struggle to pay bills

Money made available through the Louisiana Housing Corporation was quickly snatched up as renters in Louisiana seek to keep a roof over their heads while many are out of work.

Stephenson Technology Corp. secures $25 million for Cyber Protection of Port Fourchon

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Stephenson Technologies Corp., LSU’s applied research entity, has won a $25 million federal contract for groundbreaking work to protect Louisiana’s energy infrastructure.

La. addresses ‘look the other way’ mask policies

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office (LSFMO) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) issued a joint statement Wednesday, July 15 warning those business owners and others that their “look the other way” approach is not in-line with the state mandate.

Drago’s in Metairie temporarily closes after employees test positive for coronavirus

Drago's will close for a minimum of seven days to clean and sanitize the restaurant

Iconic New Orleans restaurant K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen permanently closed due to COVID-19

The decision to shut down the restaurant came after repeated closings this year due to mandated business restrictions

Local bar owners respond to tighter restrictions, curbside service

The governor’s executive order goes into effect at 12:01 am, Monday morning, requiring bars to solely offer curbside service, whether they serve food or not.

‘Frustrated isn’t the word’: Bar owners react to Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 related restrictions

Bar workers react to new restrictions limiting service.

COVID-19 CLOSURES: Here’s what’s temporarily closing as a precaution to COVID-19 cases linked to area venues

Several businesses and facilities in the Baton Rouge area have announced temporary closures due to the threat of COVID-19.

  Bait and tackle store struggling to keep up with demand as more people fishing during pandemic

A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work, or so the old saying goes.

  Owners of Juban’s Creole Restaurant & Caterer announce temporary shutdown

The owners of Juban’s Creole Restaurant announced in a Facebook post the restaurant and catering service would be temporarily closing effective Friday, July 10.

  North Baton Rouge medical complex to undergo revitalization

Mayor Broome plans to increase access to medical care in North Baton Rouge, create new jobs, and drive commerce at Howell Place.

  Event venues fear future after New Orleans gatherings capped at 25

The Cannery is set up for one of their few remaining events after changing city mandates constantly whittled down their guests’ events and their calendar. Owner, Jackie Hughes says they’re fortunate to be hosting this one.

  Dry cleaners facing tough times as more people work from home.

The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on the dry cleaning industry, since many people have been working from home and don't need to use the service.

New Orleans restaurants adjusting to restrictions, others closing

New Orleans restaurant owners prepare for new restrictions while some say they have to shutdown others are working to adjust.

  Expert says Baton Rouge economy faces $50M loss if LSU football season is canceled or fans are excluded

Bars, restaurants, and hotels in Baton Rouge are staring down the barrel of another major financial hit if the LSU football season is canceled or played without fans.

Drone grocery delivery to enter testing phase by Rouses in fall

Rouses Market announced Wednesday, July 8 it plans to begin testing an unmanned grocery delivery pilot program in the fall.

L’Auberge releases statement regarding layoffs

L'Auberge Casino Resort released a statement Tuesday regarding layoffs

  July 6-12 is Black Restaurant Week in Baton Rouge

As global outcries for racial equality reach fever pitch, organizers of Black Restaurant Week are gearing up their annual campaign to support Black restauranteurs in the capital city.

Louisiana Insurance Commission approves fourth consecutive auto rate decrease for State Farm

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced Monday, July 6 he has approved of a permanent rate decrease of 9.6% in auto insurance policies issued by State Farm Insurance Company for Louisiana drivers.

L’Auberge to lay off 161 at Baton Rouge location, 441 in Lake Charles

L’Auberge opened in Baton Rouge in 2012. It’s Lake Charles location opened in 2005.

  Fireworks stands still busy as customers plan smaller gatherings during pandemic

A lot of people could be looking to celebrate Independence Day at their homes for the 2020 holiday.

  People and businesses react to new mask mandate

Many opinions have surfaced on the new mandate. Some believe it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  Donaldsonville mayor explains the importance of grant program for small businesses

During the pandemic, many local businesses across Louisiana are struggling to keep their doors open, but now there may be something to help businesses.

  ‘We can’t afford to go back': Mayor Broome discusses mask mandate with business leaders

Business leaders in East Baton Rouge Parish got to ask questions about the new mask mandate imposed by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome during a webinar hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).

  Southern University unveils line of THC-based medical marijuana products, marking historic launch among HBCUs

Southern University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Wednesday, July 1 unveiled a line of THC-derived medical marijuana products that will be available across Louisiana.

  Small businesses struggling due to COVID-19 pandemic could see relief in July

Small businesses struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic could start seeing help as early as July.

  While some aren’t following the rules, many Baton Rouge bars taking pandemic seriously

It seems as though a number of bars in the Baton Rouge area are getting a bad rep about possibly spreading the coronavirus, especially after a COVID-19 cluster was discovered at Tigerland.

  Gayle Benson: Dixie Brewery changing name and branding

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said she is in the process of changing the name and branding of Dixie Brewery and all of its products.

  Gonzales Cinema to reopen June 26, showing fan-favorite movies

Gonzales Cinema will reopen Friday, June 26 with a lineup of fan-favorite classics and pre-pandemic releases.

  New businesses creating more job opportunities during pandemic

Many new businesses are opening in the capital area despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  IMF downgrades outlook for global economy in face of virus

The IMF predicts that the global economy will shrink 4.9% this year, significantly worse than the 3% drop it had estimated in its previous report in April.

MOVEBR Program on Track to Exceed Local Small Business Participation Target

Hoping to achieve at least 20% in small business participation in the MOVEBR program, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced the program is on track to exceed that number.

  Some restaurants in Baton Rouge closing temporarily due to lack of staff

Some Baton Rouge area restaurants are temporarily shutting down... but it’s not for the reason you might think.

  Small business grant program to begin in July, but details raising eyebrows

Louisiana plans to throw $300 million to small businesses over the next few months as part of its economic recovery plan.

Todd Graves to help restaurants struggling due to pandemic in new TV show

Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves will star in an upcoming docuseries Restaurant Recovery in which he will help restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Christina’s restaurant temporarily shutting down

Christina’s, one of Baton Rouge’s best-known restaurants, is temporarily closing due to a lack of workers.

  Governor Edwards to explore enforcement options for non-compliant businesses

Leaders with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal are review protocols after Governor John Bel Edwards announced the need for greater enforcement of COVID-19 mitigation practices.

BRAC hopes to create space for more conversations about minorities in business community

The president of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), Adam Knapp, says there’s more work that can be done to attract new business to certain parts of the community.

Some Tangipahoa Parish businesses close for coronavirus deep cleaning

Several businesses in the Hammond area have closed due to coronavirus outbreaks.

  LSU-area bars linked to at least 100 reports of COVID-19; closures announced

At least three bars near the LSU campus have employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), owners of the establishments confirmed Friday.

  The Chimes near LSU closes temporarily as campus-area bars report potential COVID-19 cases

The Chimes is temporarily closing its location near Louisiana State University’s north gate as health officials investigate potential outbreaks of COVID-19 linked to bars near campus.

North Baton Rouge business owners host town hall with local elected officials

Elected officials talked about the accomplishments and lingering challenges facing North Baton Rouge with the first of what they hope will become a regular series of meetings involving the public.

  Live music now allowed in bars, nightclubs through expansion of Louisiana’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines

State officials have expanded Louisiana’s Phase Two reopening guidelines to allow live music in bars and night clubs.

US shoppers returned with vigor in May in partial rebound

The virus-induced recession not only diminished spending in most sectors of the economy. It has also accelerated shifts in where people shop and what they buy.

  Some of Baton Rouge’s biggest workplaces take action to make employees feel safer upon returning to the office

You aren’t alone if you feel anxious about your health when you return to the office.

  Bill to protect La. restaurants from coronavirus lawsuits signed into law

On Monday, June 15, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill into law protecting restaurants from liability when it comes to the coronavirus.

Some Magazine Street businesses closing, owners say due to Covid-19 economic impact

After a decade in business, Erin Hebert says she will have to close her Magazine Street boutique, Armoire, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  La. state treasurer urges governor to sign Main Street Recovery Program bill

The Louisiana state treasurer is pushing to get money to the state’s small businesses.

OFF THE HOOK: Authentic Cajun quick-service restaurant coming to Gonzales

The Thibodaux-based Cajun quick-service restaurant will open its fourth location on Airline Highway in Gonzales June 24.

  Lawmakers advance tax breaks for small businesses

The Senate’s tax committee on Friday advanced a handful of bills designed to reduce the tax burden on small businesses while they recover from the coronavirus recession.

Fred’s in Tigerland to undergo multi-million renovation, expansion

The owners plan to add a second, 8,500 square-foot, two-story building.

  La. will move to Phase 2 of reopening June 5

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, June 1 that Louisiana will move into Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening guidelines Friday, June 5.

12 tips to avoid scams during and after a natural disaster

Many times, natural disaster bring out the best in people as they work together to help each other recover, but unfortunately, some people take it as an opportunity to take advantage of people during hard times.

La. launches e-commerce initiative for small businesses

Today (June 3), Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced an e-commerce initiative to empower the online performance of Louisiana’s small businesses.

  $300M small business aid package diverting federal money from local government headed to Gov. Edwards’ desk

Lawmakers created a new fund for small businesses that have been left out of prior coronavirus aid by diverting $300 million away from local governments in the final minutes of the regular legislative session Monday.