- Maintain adequate security
- Develop a plan to ensure that minors are not served alcohol or tobacco products
- Develop a policy and educate employees on identifying proper identification
- Ensure that you have obtained special event permits for any events outside your licensed premises (i.e., in the parking lot, etc.)
- Ensure that your alcohol and tobacco inventory is purchased from licensed wholesale dealers
- Ensure that all permits are current and clearly visible.
- Remember that ATC agents may enter your permitted location at any time.
- A K-9 may accompany agents during their inspections
- Ensure you are in compliance with Trade Practice Regulations (visit the ATC website at www.atc.la.gov).
With the sheer volume of parade-goers flooding the French Quarter, St. Charles corridor, Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, and other cities across the state, safety of your staff and customers is of the utmost importance during the revelry.
Here are some tips from LRA members who’ve experienced restaurant ownership during Mardi Gras for decades:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. This goes for everyone!
- Regardless of the time of year, servers carrying cash are encouraged to leave the restaurant in groups, travel in well-lit areas, carpool if possible, avoid flashing cash and do not walk while using a smartphone/cell phone.
- Managers and staff are encouraged to move their vehicles closer to the building once the shift has ended prior to closing procedures.
- Keep side and back doors locked and alarms set when not in use.
- Trash runs before lunch and dinner shifts and not done by just one staff member.
- Use camera and security systems.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.
If there's a tip we've overlooked, that you'd like to share, please let us know. Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras season.