With Fat Tuesday only two weeks away, many restaurants are in the thick of a make-or-break moment. Our President and CEO Stan Harris spoke with Tommy Tucker on WWL First News about the reemergence of Mardi Gras festivities and what this year means for restaurants in the French Quarter, and around the city.
"That is 100% true especially for your full service or table service, not just fine dining," said Harris who said last year's loss of Mardi Gras parades and activities was financially devastating. "All of that was just hundred of millions of dollars of lost opportunity."
Lots of restaurants are continuing to operate on limited hours with a sized-down staff. Many operators have had higher than normal turnover rates in their restaurants, and keeping a staff seems to be a key factor in getting through the Mardi Gras season.
"That is going to really tell the tale of if restaurants can operate later in the day and expanding the days of the week that they operate."