Self-serve wine and beer spark social interaction and high beverage sales at SoBou in New Orleans, a veritable “third place” that serves serious food and beverage, according to its owner. SoBou, short for south of Bourbon Street, opened this summer with pour-your-own options in addition to conventional service. Guests who want to serve themselves gravitate to the bar or beer garden on the left side of the restaurant. If they prefer full table service, they choose the dining room ...

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