The State of Louisiana and City-Parish of East Baton Rouge have recently taken measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These public safety actions have led to the cancellation and/or postponement of many events and also include the closing casinos, bars, movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery or take-out orders only.
While these measures are in effect, our small businesses and restaurants need the community’s support to minimize the negative impact, not only upon our overall economy, but also their businesses and families. We will continue to update this list of open downtown businesses and relief efforts as information is provided to us. Please email DDD@brla.gov if you have information to add or correct on this list.
Stay At Home Order issued by Gov. Edwards
How You Can Help
- If you have planned a visit or event downtown during while these safety measures are in effect, please consider rescheduling/postponing with the hotels and venues instead of cancelling to support our local economy.
- Purchase a gift card from restaurant/businesses that you can use later, but can support the business now.
- Donate to Relief Efforts including the BRAF Emergency Relief Fund.
- Shop local online
- Leave a positive review on Facebook, Google, or Yelp
- Keep your membership or subscription active
- Prepay for services like a haircut, personal training, tours, etc.
Support Downtown Restaurants
Many of our downtown restaurants who need your support during this time will be offering take out and/or delivery services. Please see the links below for a full list of our downtown restaurants. Also consider using food delivery services such as, Waitr, Uber Eats, and DOORDASH or consider donating to help the hospitality industry.
Restaurants are typically working with smaller margins so a little will go a long way to helping out these small businesses. Also consider participating in the Keep BR Serving campaign that is designed to help restaurants continue to cover their server's lost tips & wages during the Dine-In Blackout. Purchase a gift card from participating restaurants and 20% of the price of the card will be allocated to employee wages. #KBRS #giftcardchallenge
Restaurants currently serving:
Aztecas, Batch 13 *FREE Delivery, Bengal Taproom, Blend, Café Mimi, Bengal Tap Room, Capitol City Grill, Cecelia’s Bistro, Chow Main, Christina’s, Cocha, Downtown Seafood, Fayes Salads and Subs, The Gregory, McDonalds, Milford’s, Pastime, Poor Boy Lloyd's, Jambalaya Shoppe, Jimmy John’s, Jolie Pearl, Raising Cane’s, Salad Station, Serops, Schlittz and Giggles, Smoothie King, Sonic, Starbucks, Stroube’s Seafood and Steaks, Spanish Town Market,Tsunami (Orders over $100 only), Frostop
Main Street Market:
* If you do not see a restaurant listed above we are currently waiting for updated information or the restaurant is temporarily closed.
The DDD will continue to check-in and monitor the restaurants and businesses downtown.
Downtown has a grocery store, pharmacy and walk-in health clinic that are operating at normal hours to serve you during these strange times.
- Matherne's Market Downtown, The Matherne's Market downtown will be operating at their normal business hours and will maintain the breakfast, lunch, and dinner deli.
- Prescriptions to Geaux
- Neighborhood Health
* Neighborhood Health is now offering health screening for COVID-19 and IV IMMUNOTHERAPY is still available to the patients in need! Call to schedule an appointment.
Information and Relief Efforts
We wanted to provide some early assistance opportunities that we are currently aware of, and will continue to help keep all downtown businesses updated as more information is available. First we ask downtown businesses to complete the Capital Region business survey set up by BRAC on a webpage that also summarizes business recovery information resources online.
MANY HELPFUL WEBINARS ARE PLANNED
Business Report Intelligence Webcast - April 2, 8:30 am. Explaining the federal coronavirus aid package and what it means for your business,” with panelists U.S. Rep. Garret Graves and LABI President Stephen Waguespack.
Please view the links below for various programs that may be relevant to your business and/or employees.
Emergency Relief and Benefit Programs
- Louisiana Economic Development Resources for Businesses
- Louisiana Workforce Commission Unemployment Benefits
- BR Works Job Listing
- Baton Rouge Area Foundation Emergency Relief Fund
- Employee First Program
- Creative Capitol Arts Resources
- Small Business Assistance
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Local COVID-19 Information
- Stay At Home Order
- CISA’s Guidance on Identifying Critical Infrastructure
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Updates
- Louisiana Office of the Governor Coronavirus Information
- Louisiana Department of Health Guidance & Resources
- City of Baton Rouge Coronavirus Updates