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Who owns 'Who Dat?’ Company that once sparred with Saints over trademark on catchphrase sues New Orleans wing spot

In a federal lawsuit Who Dat?, Inc., the company that claims to have trademarked the popular “Who Dat” catchphrase commonly associated with the New Orleans Saints, takes on Who Dat Wings and More, an eatery in New Orleans, claiming infringement.

  Suitcase collecting dust? 2020 might be a rough year but shouldn’t prevent you from traveling

Lafayette Parish bars will reopen immediately

  Bars in Iberville, St. Mary to reopen after meeting requirement of low coronavirus positivity rate

  New Orleans orders Tracey’s to shut down amid overcrowding, owners ‘caught off guard’ by reaction

  Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

Dixie Beer enlisting the public’s help in its renaming efforts

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Walmart targets zero emissions by 2040

  Gov. Edwards adjusts Phase 3 order to extend alcohol sales by one hour for eligible parishes

  La. seafood industry struggling during pandemic; business owners hope to see relief soon

  AG’s Office announces more than 50 arrests connected to Paycheck Protection Program fraud

  Economist Loren Scott outlines Baton Rouge area’s economic trends for 2021-22

  Gov. Edwards releases full guidance on Phase 3 reopening plan

  New Orleans businesses concerned over decision to stay in Phase 2

Business owners in New Orleans are concerned about their future and worry about how much longer they can hold on.

  La. will move to Phase 3 starting Friday; statewide mask mandate remains in place

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will move to Phase 3 of the White House’s plan for reopening the U.S. economy starting Friday, Sept. 11.

  Saints fans, businesses prepare for unconventional season opener

The roar of tens of thousands of Who Dats will be noticeably absent from the Superdome for the Saints season opener, but that will not silence fans’ spirit any less.

  Main Street Recovery Program awards $19M in grants to small businesses in La. so far

Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder announced Thursday, Sept. 3 that so far, the Main Street Recovery Program has awarded $19 million in grants to small businesses across the state to help them recover losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

United plans to furlough 16,000 workers, fewer than expected

Ford cutting 1,400 US salaried jobs with retirement offers

  Impasse between Gov. Edwards and Firehouse BBQ continues as hearing postponed pending appeals court decision

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Caterer, client at odds over wedding canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

Waitr offering free grocery delivery in BR due to hurricane threat

  Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases

‘The truth is, fall in Tuscaloosa is in serious jeopardy:’ Bars to close in Tuscaloosa for 2 weeks

Maddox said based on recommendations he signed new executive orders that close bars for 14 days starting at 5:00 p.m. Monday. The second order eliminates bar services at restaurants for the next 14 days starting Monday at 5:00 p.m.

  Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken Restaurant to open in Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, report says

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge plans to move on land, adding Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken Restaurant.

  Hundreds of bars apply to reopen as restaurants under special licenses

Having been open now for only two days as a restaurant, there’s been some growing pains at Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou Bar.

  Movie Tavern locations in BR, Denham Springs set to reopen

Two movie theaters in the Baton Rouge metro area are reopening.

AG Jeff Landry files brief on behalf of Firehouse BBQ

Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed an opinion in support of a Livington Parish barbeque restaurant in the middle of a court battle with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

  Small businesses can now apply for Main Street Recovery Program even if they’ve received fed. assistance

Small businesses in Louisiana can now get some help with grants up to $15,000 from the Main Street Recovery Program even if they have already received federal assistance.

  Bar owner attorney still fighting, in spite of a denial of request to re-open

The mayor of New Orleans says she agrees with a judge, who ordered bars to remain closed, in spite of complaints they are not being treated fairly.

Our Lady of the Lake partners with Baton Rouge Community College Partner for workforce development program

Our Lady of the Lake is partnering with Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) in a workforce development program creating a pipeline for those interested in healthcare careers.

  Unemployed? Here’s some tips for improving your resume during the pandemic

Hiring experts say don't let being laid off hurt your confidence in applying for new jobs.

Firehouse BBQ court hearing postponed

A court hearing for a restaurant operating outside the governor's mask mandate has been postponed.

  Mural splashes light on historic neighborhood seeking renaissance

Despite growing up in a city more than an hour away, Lafayette-native Bryson Boutte now has a deep connection to a historic Baton Rouge neighborhood that is receiving renewed interest from investors.

  Perkins Rowe movie theatre opens up for first time in months due to coronavirus

If you’re comfortable and feel like venturing out, Cinemark Theatres all over the country are back open, with safety protocols and popcorn.

  Help on the way for crawfish farmers suffering because of pandemic

Help is on the way for crawfish farmers still reeling from 2020′s devastating season.

  Baton Rouge announces $1 million small business recovery program

Qualifying microenterprises and small businesses who apply will receive one-time grants of $2,500.

  Judge: Governor must halt action against Firehouse BBQ

A district court judge has signed a ruling prohibiting Governor John Bel Edwards and his state agencies from taking any further action against the Firehouse BBQ restaurant until a hearing the week of Aug. 17.

  Prominent New Orleans businesses give notice they will have to extend furloughs to hundreds of employees

7 prominent New Orleans businesses have notified the State they plan to permanently let go or extend temporary furloughs to hundreds of employees.

  Teenage Chili’s hostess reportedly attacked by large group of women after trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines

A 17-year-old hostess at the Chili’s on Constitution Avenue was reportedly attacked by a group of more than 11 women after she told them they could not all sit together, per the restaurant’s COVID-19 social distancing policies.

  Main Street Recovery: One week left for priority application period for small businesses that didn’t get federal help

Two weeks in and 12,000 businesses have submitted an application for the state’s Main Street Recovery Program.

  Owner of Firehouse BBQ speaks after being served temporary restraining order for defying mask mandate

Bunch says she is not requiring masks in her restaurant to protect some of her employees who allegedly cannot wear them because of health conditions.

  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.

  Temporary restraining order issued against Livingston Parish BBQ restaurant for not following mask mandate

On Friday, Aug. 7, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a temporary restraining order (TRO) has been issued against a restaurant in Livingston Parish for its “excessive noncompliance with Phase 2 mitigation measures” aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

  Well-known bars reclassifying as restaurants to keep doors open

A handful of Baton Rouge bars have temporarily reclassified themselves as restaurants, allowing them to continue serving customers while other watering holes remain closed to the public.

Baton Rouge Medical Advisory Board issues guidance for businesses amid coronavirus

The HealthyBR Medical Advisory Board issued recommendations and guidelines for businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Jefferson Parish bar owners and their attorneys began making their case Wednesday, Aug. 5 that Gov. John Bel Edwards overstepped his legal boundaries by ordering bars to close and banning gatherings that involve more than 50 people.

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

Two bar owners have agreed to pay a $250 fine to have their liquor licenses reinstated after being suspended for refusing to follow Governor John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus rules.

Carnival Cruises to continue pause in operations until Oct. 31

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 numbers across the country the company has made the decision to remain shutdown and cancel all upcoming cruises.

Waitr doubles delivery zones for restaurants in Baton Rouge areas

Some restaurants will now offer delivery as far as 10 miles away.

Amazon signs lease for new delivery station near Siegen Lane

Amazon has signed a lease for a new delivery facility that has been under construction near Siegen Lane, the company said in a statement Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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

A spokeswoman with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM) says more than 8,100 businesses across the state have been inspected for coronavirus restriction violations since May.

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

Developed with entertainment industry input, the guidelines are designed to ensure the safety of Louisiana residents and anyone working on a motion picture production as the movie and TV industry gets back to business in Louisiana.

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

One business in Watson says it has had enough with Governor John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus rules and is deliberately refusing to close. They do seem to have a lot of people on their side.

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

Some scientists argue that the coronavirus can spread in the air indoors. And while current safety measures can help reduce the risk of virus spread altogether, some businesses are trying new technologies to step things up a bit.

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

Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder says thousands of small business owners from across the state have started the application process for a grant from the state’s Main Street Recovery Program.

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

Thousands of small business owners all over Louisiana have started applying for a grant worth up to $15,000 that will help them cover coronavirus-related costs.

  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

SchoolMint, an education software company, is expanding its operation in Lafayette and is expected to create about 400 jobs.

  Ongoing bar closures due to COVID-19 spike impacting owners

Another week of restrictions means another hit to the bottom line at some area bars, forcing owners to try to endure as coronavirus cases continue to climb.

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

Despite all the shutdowns and people being urged not to go out as much during the pandemic, the Baton Rouge economy has not taken a huge hit.

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

New Orleans City Officials will give an update about the demolition of the Hard Rock collapse site and the recovery of the bodies of two workers who remain inside.

Giving campaign inspired by national coin shortage

At least one business has launched a giving campaign to try and address two problems created by COVID-19.

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

For many long months, Myra Mansur and her 6-year-old granddaughter were not able to do what they love.

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.