The popular French Quarter establishment, Pirate’s Alley Café, has beaten the case against them. Located in an area zoned strictly for restaurants, not bars, Pirate’s Alley Café faced possible closure after their records show alcohol sales exceeding food sales tremendously. City Hall recently granted the owners of the restaurant, Thais Solano and Tony Seville, with “non-conforming use,” because the café had been operating as a bar for years prior to their ownership. Solano and Seville state that they have tried to make more food sales, but the 398-square-foot property that lacks a kitchen prevents them from operating as a restaurant. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control fined the owners $1,150 for violating their restaurant license, but the café will continue as a bar.
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