Popular bistro Artmosphere is evidently in the clear for now. Facing a forfeiture of its license to sell alcohol if it didn’t get its food sales up to 51 percent of revenue over the course of a three-month trial period applied by the state office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control, owner Berry Kemp on Monday jubilantly announced on Facebook before heading to Commissioner Troy Hebert’s Baton Rouge office to present her receipts, “We are so pleased to announce that we have made it to 51%! Artmosphere lives! Thank you all so much for your support. The work doesn’t stop here, stay tuned!”
Reached for confirmation via text message Monday afternoon, Hebert replied, “Will review what they sent. ATC hopes that they can remain open and will work with them to remain compliant.” Hebert’s reference to hoping Artmosphere can “remain open” is a critical caveat: Assuming the venue did in fact reach 51 percent in food sales — that’s a requirement of having a liquor license as a restaurant as opposed to a bar, which can make 100 percent of its revenue on alcohol sales — Artmosphere must maintain that 51 percent figure for an additional six-month probationary period with monthly checks of its receipts. If the bistro fails to keep the food sales at 51 percent, it could still face license forfeiture. And since Artmosphere has evolved into more of a nightly live music venue, losing its liquor license would likely be disastrous for its business model. Who doesn’t listen to live music and not get their drank on?
“For the past few months we’ve been introducing more specials, hosting food events and other things to get our food sales up. ...We’ll be looking over the menu, possibly making changes to it and the kitchen and hosting more food events,” Kemp adds in a later Facebook post Monday. Artmosphere made a strong push to get its food sales up in the waning weeks before Monday, hosting a pair of Eat Fest events — noon to midnight live music on the last two Saturdays with an emphasis on food — as well as heavily promoting its build-your-own pizzas and burgers.
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JUL 27 The news gets worse in the case of the 11th hour bill that added a bunch of money to the retirement income of State Police Commander Mike Edmonson. Blogger CB Forgotston says here that the annual increase was not $30K, it was more like $55K. Also, it was Jindal buddy Neil Riser who tacked the action onto another bill - something he didn't feel compelled to tell us until now. But here's the best part - Edmonson turned down the money on Friday.
JUL 28 Finally, someone has pointed out that the far-right people who scream at immigrant children are not acting as Jesus would. Blogger Robert Mann runs a comparison of the actions of these alleged "Christians" against what the Bible says about their Savior -- and they come up lacking. Big time.
JUL 27 Here's the first of four pieces from Minnesota Public Radio about the horrible legacy of Gilbert Gauthe, the pedophile who also was a priest and used his position to obtain victims. The story gets into the most shameful aspect of that time - the protection Gauthe received from the leaders of the church. This four-piece story promises to be more comprehensive than anything we've seen, because it is looking back from so far. Some of the information here has only been released recently.
JUL 28 This story in the Picayune is a hopeful, happy one for a change. It's about a young woman who faced family problems that led to her dropping out of school. But now, just a few years later, she's completed two programs aimed at troubled kids and has landed a job in the kitchen of a John Besh restaurant.
JUL 27 Columnist James Gill has something for the Baton Rouge Metro Council -- and they could probably use it. He's giving them a piece of his mind in this post, taking them to task for being too (dumb, homophobic, gutless?) hesitant to pass the so-called tolerance ordinance, which basically says you can't discriminate against gay people in that fair city.
JUL 27 When you're telling people they have lost their jobs, you have to be careful about how you do it. When more layoffs were announced last week to the employees of the Office of Group Benefits, apparently that wasn't handled well, blogger Tom Aswell argues in this post. He's also got some info on who gets to stay - and how much they make. (Spoiler alert: It's a lot.)
JUL 28 After three years of revisions, the proposed new zoning ordinance for the city of New Orleans is ready for public review, this post on NOLA Defender reports. The plan is available starting today on the city's website and in several locations in the city, NoDef reports.
JUL 27 Here's an interesting infographic from LaPolitics on getting negative in political campaigning. There are several people who might want to take note - but chances are, they can't help themselves.
JUL 25 If you're not aware, there's a conflict among pro-choicers and pro-lifers going down in New Orleans. Anti-abortionists are protesting in the city this week, but those who support access to abortion have also been active in the city as a result. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow takes a look at what's going on in this clip, posted on Gambit.
JUL 25 Education Superintendent John White probably shouldn't sign a long lease on anything in Louisiana, Blogger Lamar Parmentel writes, because our reformer in chief is now in a situation "from which no amount of his own bs jargon or political hatchet work can extricate him." Lamar thinks that White is going to have to quit, and probably sooner rather than later.
JUL 25 This post on the Wall Street Journal examines the case of a Metairie physician who is making millions by filing whistle-blower lawsuits. His suits accuse corporations of defrauding federal agencies like Medicare, and when he wins he gets whistle-blower rewards - in the tens of millions of dollars. (You can view the story using your Facebook account, but if you don't want to do that, here's an abbreviated version in the Advocate.)
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