Eater Los Angeles 12/18
On-site dining remains closed while hospitality workers navigate SoCal’s massive coronavirus surge and the second shutdown.
Food & Wine 12/18
The FDA’s emergency use approval of the Pfizer vaccine and the upcoming Moderna vaccine could literally be the shot in the arm that restaurants need, but until this pandemic is under control, servers and bartenders are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Food Industry Policy
A coalition of California lawmakers have sent a letter to the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control requesting that it halt COVID-19 enforcement against restaurants in light of two recent Southern California court decisions, including a Los Angeles judge’s decision to reverse a ban on outdoor dining in the county.
The outcry over the ban on outdoor dining continues to grow. Now some San Francisco elected officials will be holding an emergency meeting next week, in order to demand that public health officials clearly explain the reasons why.
NBC Los Angeles 12/18
The current Safer at Home order may have you ordering in from your favorite restaurants more than usual. But have you ever received a surprise on your bill – your order cost you way more than you expected? That’s what some consumers say is happening. But in a few weeks, you should see some added protection.
On the Side
Through tears, the owner of a Hollywood restaurant in jeopardy of going out of business put out a plea for donations on Saturday.
Spectrum News 12/19
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger tells Inside the Issues there’s a balance that’s missing from the messaging and restrictions placed on businesses, and especially restaurants, from county leaders and public health officials.
“I don’t think anyone had a pandemic in their business plan,” Nugent told us in an interview at the time, but he was determined to stay open anyways.