The highly-anticipated return of a French Quarter favorite was shortlived. Just one day after reopening, Port of Call announced it was once again closing its doors.
Port of Call’s abrupt shut down came after Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced a ban on to-go drinks in New Orleans that went into effect at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 25.
“We’re sorry to announce we’re closed until further notice,” the Esplanade Avenue restaurant announced Saturday on its Facebook page.
Before the shutdown, the popular destination for one of New Orleans’ signature burgers announced plans to reopen on weekends for takeout, with a limited menu of burgers, filets, ribeyes and to-go drinks.
The burger destination had been closed since March, when the stay-at-home order went into effect.
New Orleans city officials ramped up coronavirus restrictions due to complaints of large gatherings outside bars.
“The best thing for us to do is to prevent these type of sales moving forward,” Cantrell said during the press conference on Friday.
Wide-spread community transmission is the assumed cause of the increase of COVID-19, according to the Director of the New Orleans Department of Health, Dr. Jennifer Avegno.
Sitting at the edge of the French Quarter, the popular destination is known for drawing crowds — both locals and tourists — for its juicy charbroiled burger. The formula here is simplicity and consistency that keeps loyal customers returning.
Port of Call joins the list of several restaurants that announced temporary closures after rounds of tightened restrictions. Other restaurants announced permanent closures due to financial hardships tied to the pandemic.
According to a Facebook post, the restaurant is “waiting for the right time to reopen.”