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According to Essence officials, this year's event drew more than 450,000 attendees - surpassing the 425,000 people reported to have visited the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell.
"I find it quite odd that your restaurant would shut down during a peak weekend in the city," Malik Bartholemew wrote in a comment on Walk-On's Facebook page.
Lindsey said she considered closing the store during Essence for lack of business, "but I don't want people looking at us and thinking, 'Well, they're not very welcoming.' Sometimes you just have to put on your big boy pants, because the worst thing you can do is offend someone." "We want to treat everyone with respect," La Mancusa added.
Melissa Weber, the popular local DJ who goes by the name DJ Soul Sister, said the number of restaurants closing or imposing an automatic 20-percent tip during Essence became particularly disturbing to her in 2013.
They included Domenica, the award-winning Italian restaurant operated by John Besh and Alon Shaya; the French Quarter music club One Eyed Jacks; and Little Gem Saloon, a restaurant and music club located across the street from Walk-On's.
All these businesses are either in the Quarter or within walking-distance of the Dome.