Original Johnny White’s on St. Peter Street, watering hole for local service industry, closes permanently

(Photo: Dave Minsky)
The Original Johnny White’s Bar, located at 733 St. Peter Street, has closed permanently.

Two sources, including a longtime employee, have independently confirmed to The Quarter Rat on Tuesday that the bar is not reopening after shutting down in March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

According to one longtime bartender, the business’s four owners had been paying rent since closing due to the coronavirus pandemic and cut their losses, rather than pay roughly $60,000 more in rent for the next six months.

Johnny White’s was a popular sports bar in the heart of the French Quarter that was open 24 hours a day and a local watering hole for service industry workers. The bar had been in operation for decades.

State business records show the bar’s owners listed as Jeaneen M. White and Shannon White Diecidue.

The Original Johnny White’s closure comes more than three months Johnny White’s Pub and Grill and its associated businesses, located from 718 to 729 Bourbon St., shut down in May.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is received.

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