Pink slips: Waitr has laid off an undisclosed number of employees, the company confirmed on Thursday, The Daily Advertiser reports. Waitr CEO Chris Meaux issued a statement calling the layoffs a “synergistic reduction.” Waitr acquired Bite Squad, a similar food delivery company, in December for $321 million, which Meaux says had resulted in “areas of overlap within the company.” Liz Sniegocki, director of communications for Waitr, says she could not provide any details outside the statement given by Meaux, which did not specify how many employees were laid off, which of the company’s locations were impacted or what positions were eliminated. Read the full story.
Heads up: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Senate Bill 76 into law Saturday, changing existing laws for child safety seats set to take effect Aug. 1, KPLC-TV reports. The new law outlines regulations for children using rear facing and forward facing child safety seats when riding in a car and recommends that children do not ride without a safety seat until they are big enough to can sit with the belt on their lap and the upper strap across their chest instead of the neck. Under the new law, drivers will be fined $100 for the first offense, and no less than $200 and no more than $500 for the second offense. Read the full story.
Closed: Bar and arcade venue Barcadia has closed its Baton Rouge location near LSU, WAFB-TV reports. Barcadia was first announced in February 2014, but the opening was delayed by almost a year due to issues with permits. A Barcadia employee declined to clarify when the location officially closed, but employees at nearby businesses say the bar and restaurant had been closed for at least a month before June 27. Read the full story.