Fahy’s, Bourbon Pub Parade reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

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At least four more French Quarter bars, including two on Bourbon Street, have reopened after closing for several months due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bourbon Pub and Parade, located at 801 Bourbon St., will open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for to-go cocktails from 2 to 11 p.m.

Fahy’s Irish Pub, located at 540 Burgundy St., reopened on Oct. 3 for to-go drinks.

The bar’s current regular hours at 1 to 11 p.m. and it’s open for to-go drinks only, although Hurricane Delta could affect its hours. The Category 3 hurricane is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast, likely somewhere in Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service.

The house phone is out of order, so if you need to contact Fahy’s, send a message on Facebook or email jsharriman_2000@yahoo.com.

Tropical Isle also opened on Oct. 3, at noon, for to-go drinks only at least three of its Bourbon Street locations. The bar, which is known for its Hand Grenade drink, is located at 721 Bourbon St., 610 Bourbon St., 600 Bourbon St. and 435 Bourbon St.

The company also owns the Honky Tonk, which is located at 727 Bourbon St.

Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, located at 321 N. Peters St., opened on Oct. 2. As of Wednesday, in addition to-go cocktails, the bar/restaurant offered full-service drinking and dining from 4 to 10 p.m. A reservation on resy.com is recommended.

Betty’s Bar and Bistro, located at 700 Burgundy St., reopened on Oct. 4. The bar previously announced that its landlord had to “close permanently” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced “Phase 3.1” opening guidelines, which began on Oct. 3, and will occur in three stages. The second stage, “Phase 3.2,” which could begin as early as Oct. 16.

“Phase 3.3” could begin as early as Oct. 31 and will allow indoor bar seating, and increased crowd sizes.

New Orleans Police seek identity in suspected Bourbon Street aggravated assault

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New Orleans Police are seeking the identify of a person suspected in an aggravated assault incident on Bourbon Street Saturday.

The suspect (pictured above) is sought in the incident, which occurred in the 20 block of Bourbon Street, at about 11:30 p.m., according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Pat O’brien’s bar reopen

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Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and Pat O’brien’s bar reopened last week after closing for several months due to the COVID-19 shutdown restrictions.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, located at 716 Iberville St., reopened Friday, Sept. 11 and are open from Wednesday to Sunday. The lounge area, which contains the bar, opens at 4 p.m. and dinner service starts at 5 p.m. The restaurant closes at approximately 10 p.m., depending on the circumstances.

Pat O’brien’s, located at 718 St. Peter St., reopened Sunday, Sept. 6 and its new hours are Friday, from noon to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, from noon to 7 p.m.

Both locations reopened with coronavirus safety guidelines, including social distancing and mask requirements when not seated at a table.

They initially closed in March following the coronavirus shutdown restrictions issued by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Edwards announced on Friday that Louisiana will move into Phase 3 of reopening, allowing restaurants to increase their capacity and bars to reopen.

On the same day, Cantrell announced that the city will remain in Phase 2, limiting gatherings, restaurant capacity and continuing the closure of bars.

Bars remained closed following the initial reopening in late May, early June, although customers were still allowed to purchase to-go alcohol. Cantrell banned to-go alcohol July 25, effectively shutting down bars until Phase 3.

“Like many things, [COVID-19] is forcing us to do some things differently,” Cantrell said at a Friday press conference. “We can’t let our guards down. this is the time to continue to be vigilant, do what is necessary, practice civic responsibility and move us through the impacts of this pandemic.”

New Orleans has confirmed more than 12,200 coronavirus cases, with 25 new cases reported Wednesday; and 585 deaths as of Thursday, Sept. 17, according to public health officials.

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Bourbon Pride gift shop holds weekly $250 giveaway for unemployed workers

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A Bourbon Street gift shop started a cash giveaway and will hold its first one on Monday for unemployed New Orleanians struggling to find work or make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bourbon Pride, located at 909 Bourbon Street, will hold a $250 giveaway each Monday throughout August. Each Monday this month, the gift shop employees will draw names and each person announced will receive the cash prize.

Two names will be drawn this Monday and the next, and up to four people’s names on the rest of the Mondays in the month.

To be eligible for the giveaway, simply stop by Bourbon Pride and drop a name of a person who is unemployed into the jar in the store. No purchase is necessary.

Those wishing to donate to the giveaway are asked to contact the shop via Facebook.

Bourbon Street’s Beerfest closes after second round of COVID-19 restrictions

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Beerfest, a taproom located at 410 Bourbon St., has permanently closed, according to a company employee.

Beerfest closed a day after the second round of COVID-19 restrictions announced on July 11, although the bar struggled financially before the pandemic, according to a company worker, who didn’t want to be named because it could affect their employment status.

The bar’s last day was July 12 and the second round of restrictions went into effect on July 13.

At least five people lost their jobs, including managers and bartenders, according to the employee.

Beerfest’s owner is listed as Guy Olano, Jr., according to public filings.

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