NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Several French Quarter bars and restaurants owners say they will weigh their options before deciding whether to appeal the defeat of their civil lawsuit against the city's smoking ordinance.
On Wednesday, Judge Robin Giarrusso ruled in favor of New Orleans' smoking ban that started in April.
Harrah's Casino, Pat O'Brien's, Maspero's, Rick's Cabaret and Cat's Meow are among the 50 businesses that filed a lawsuit. However, Harrah's later dropped out.
Harrah's spokesperson Jade Russell said at this time, the casino will not sue the city again over the smoking ban.
"At this point, we got to operate this place," Russell said. "That's what we've been turning our attention to, our employees and our patrons."