NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Any other Saints playoff game weekend, Tchoup 45 bar owner, Debbie Shatz would prepare for the hundred plus Saints fans inside. But this is not like any other weekend.
“It’s a hard time but it’s ok we’re still here we’re still trying being safe over compliant,” said Debbie Shatz.
She says they are doing all they can securing a conditional restaurant permit, and parklet grant to stay in business.
The city’s modified phase one means diminishing indoor restaurant capacity to 25 percent, and bars can only serve to-go drinks. With fewer people allowed inside, Shatz says she is thankful for the regulars.
“It’s a hard time but it’s ok we’re still here we’re still trying to be safe over compliant,” said Shatz.
She says game after game, they have noticed how fans have largely settled on game plans at home, or reservations at restaurants with larger venues, but fans still miss the normal game day experience.
“There were a lot more people it was loud there was a lot more food that’s for sure… I miss it very much I’m optimistic will get there again someday, but I don’t think that’s ultimately changed how we relate to our saints and relate to the football,” said Elliot Stokes.
Not all businesses, however, say it is worth keeping the doors open.
“I know all of our regulars are disappointed they won’t be able to watch it with us here,” said Pearl Fox.
In the French Quarter, Boondock Saint’s bar manager Pearl Fox says they too find Who Dats are not walking Saint Peter looking for to-go drinks during the game, which is why they decided to close for Sunday’s game.
“Because of the pandemic and not being able to have people inside we’re going to go ahead and close so everyone can go enjoy the game somewhere else,” said Fox.
Despite the disappointment, Fox says she’s trying to stay optimistic, not only for better times in the bar, but also for a Saints win.
“We can’t wait for everyone to be back and enjoy games or Mardi Gras whatever else so everyone stay healthy and do the right thing so that we can get back into it we know and love about the city,” said Fox.
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