The Louisiana Restaurant Association is closed today, however, we are working remotely and monitoring the approaching Winter Storm Leon. We are in contact with New Orleans and surrounding parish officials as well as our tourism partner organizations. A recorded call from Entergy this morning assures customers that there are 2,100 employees on stand by ready to begin restoring power, which in the most heavily damaged areas could be three to five days.
The LRA has been in contact with many members and whether or not they are closed on Tuesday is about 50/50. Restaurants in hotels are more likely to be open as they have the ability to house staff. We are working with Todd Price at Nola.com to inform the public of restaurant openings and closings. You can find the list here. He encourages diners to call the restaurants as the situation may change given weather conditions.
"We are being extremely flexible with our staff and thankfully, have staff that live close by," said Steve Woodruff, General Manager of Commander's Palace. "I stopped by SoBou and Cafe Adelaide already this morning and they have the staff they need to be open today."
As of now, the Louis Armstrong International Airport is still open, however, visitors are encouraged to call their airlines for any flight schedule changes.
If you have to drive during the extreme weather conditions, please read this article from SafeMotorist.com, How to Drive in Snow and Ice.
For the National Weather Service update as of this morning, please visit this site.