Officials may revisit ban on new bars in downtown Lafayette

A Lafayette Consolidated Government sign posted outside of Artmosphere Bistro alerts the community that the property is being considered for rezoning or a variance. (Photo: Megan Wyatt, The Advertiser)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Lafayette city-parish officials may soon revisit a 12-year-old ban on new bars in downtown Lafayette. The move would open the door for allowing new venues under certain circumstances.

No specific proposal is on the table, but the Downtown Development Authority and some members of the City-Parish Council and the City-Parish Zoning Commission are eyeing possible changes.

The discussions have been sparked by the predicament of Artmosphere Bistro, an artsy downtown music venue trying to secure a bar permit because the establishment is struggling to keep food sales above 50 percent – a requirement to keep selling alcohol under its restaurant liquor permit.

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