Downtown businesses encouraged by Independence Day sales boom

BATON ROUGE – This Independence Day, businesses saw potentially the biggest sales boost since the start of the pandemic. 

As hundreds of people gathered downtown to watch the red, white and blue fireworks, bars and restaurants reaped the benefits of the Fourth of July show.

“I mean I was running around constantly ordering food and making drinks. We had tourists come in for the Fourth of July flow from the Levi. It was definitely a big change,” said Savannah McDaniel, a barista at The Vintage.

On the corner of Third Street is Schlitz and Giggles, which saw a dramatic spike in business Sunday night.

“We were twice as busy as Saturday night. For us, we were absolutely slammed people would wait about 30 minutes for a table then 40 to get their food,” Manager Samantha Hughey said.

For the pizza spot, the pandemic didn’t cut their business. Instead it helped them grow.

“We didn’t really have a financial fall on us, instead we had the best year in quite a…

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