UPDATE: Louisiana ATC and liquor suspends Monroe Bar owner’s license
UPDATE: Junkyard Bar says The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has suspended its license.
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Louisiana’s Phase 3 guidelines aren’t stopping one passionate bar owner and musician from opening his doors once and for all.
Junkyard Bar was scheduled to open in March but wasn’t able to due to the state’s stay at home order. They were briefly open in June prior to Phase 2 closing bars; now three months later, bar owner Lane Clark is opening full force.
“We are opening like we were supposed to in the first place," Clark said.
According to the phase 3 Guidelines, parishes with a positivity rate of 5% or lower for 14 days can reopen bars with permission from the parish government.
Those parishes are St. John the Baptist, Plaquemines, Orleans, Bienville, and Jefferson Davis; Ouachita hasn’t made the cut, but that’s not stopping Clark.
“We follow all the rules here, we have masks for people, our employees wear masks, we have hand sanitizer, I have a bar license but I’m not allowed to serve bar food and be open. It’s ridiculous it’s discrimination is what it is," he said.
According to the federal reopening guidelines from the White House, bars may operate with increased standing capacity, where applicable. Clark said he’s abiding by the White House’s guidelines which the states look to for direction.
Though live music is also not allowed, Clark said the show must go on for the sake of the band’s business and their own.
“I’m a musician also and I know tons of musicians, that’s how they make a living, how are they supposed to make a living? How is my bartender supposed to make a living," he said.
Junkyard Band has a live music show scheduled for tomorrow and other karaoke and music shows scheduled for this week. Click here for their schedule.
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