Opelousas Liquor Law

The Opelousas Board of Aldermen has agreed to change the rules for businesses seeking to sell liquor beyond the current closing time now allowed by a five-year old ordinance.  Bars are generally required to close between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but an exception was carved out for businesses where the sale of alcohol accounts for less than 15 percent of gross revenue during those hours.  Stallions, which operates as a restaurant as well as a bar, has stayed open past 2 a.m. under the same exemption, arguing that cover charges at the door combined with food sales have pushed its alcohol sales below 15 percent of gross revenue.  The measure requires that cover charges be considered the same as alcohol sales.


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