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New Orleans Businesses Closed in 2020 that We’re Going to Miss

These are the businesses in New Orleans that have had to close their doors permanently in 2020, not just because of the stay-at-home order and restrictions to restaurants. If you know a bar, a restaurant, or a café that has closed for good, we are so sorry you’ll have to miss this place you love.

List of Businesses that Closed in New Orleans in 2020


On Instagram, Namese publicly announced that they had to close their doors. It was opened by a team of siblings, named Hieu and Denise Doan, in 2014. This was part of a wave of new generation Vietnamese restaurants, which started in New Orleans. It honored a tradition as it broke new ground of flavor. Namese was liked for how it renovated space in Mid City for its pho, rice, and banh mi.

Gasa Gasa

This is the popularly known Freret Street music venue and bar. Gasa Gasa, which is for sale at the moment, housed the latest New Orleans music. Now it’s the latest venue that had to be closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It was placed on sale by its owners in April. Its co-owner, Dane Peterson, stated that he chose to put Gasa Gasa for sale, because there wasn’t a timeline where he saw music venues reopening. It started its business in 2013 on a stretch of the Freret corridor, which was later changed to a district of the arts in the year 2008. It was also known for an eclectic lineup of artists that were independent and bands which hosted pop up art shows and screenings for films.

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

In the French Quarter, there’s an institution meant for dining called the K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen that was founded by the late but famous Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme, and it was announced that it would be closed after being a business for more than 40 years. Brenda Prudhomme, Paul’s niece, and Paul Miller, Brenda’s husband and the chef of the restaurant, talked about closing up at different times of the year because of restrictions for business because of the pandemic.

Polly’s Bywater Café

Polly’s Bywater Café is a dining scene in the neighborhood. It replaced St. Claude Avenue’s The Cheezy Cajun. It had dinner classics that were of high quality for all three meals of the day. The prices were reasonable, and it was in a space that was filled with art and it was funky with a warm friendly vibe. It is going to be a great loss to the neighborhood. Luckily, there seems to be an exciting potential replacement.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of New Orleans have had to suffer the closure of some of their best places to visit because of one reason to another. We wish all the small business owners and their employees the best in their future endeavors.