Any retail establishment holding a Class AG (bar) permit may be issued a restaurant conditional permit if it also meets the requirements for a Class AR (restaurant) permit during the hours from 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. The restaurant conditional permit allows a Class AG (bar) permit holder to operate as a Class AR (restaurant) permit holder between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., which includes the ability to allow persons under the age of 18 years on the licensed premises during these hours.
To be considered, the Class AG permit holder must have an existing La. Dept. of Health food service permit and a fully-equipped kitchen. There is a no additional fee, however, the application found here must be completed and submitted. It changes the primary purpose during the 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. time frame from bar to restaurant and food must be served all days of operation.
While this is not automatic, bar owners with significant existing food sales may choose to consider this. It expires the same date as their existing Class AG permit. Ultimately, to renew the restaurant conditional permit, the operation will need to have at least 50 percent from food/non-alcoholic beverage sales.