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Strict New Federal Bill Could Make it Illegal For Restaurants to Close Without Warning

Plus Thomas Keller in LA, and more wine on the Westside

The now closed Simone shows off its fancy booths and lighting.
The former Simone in the Arts District
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Lawyering up

A new federal bill in the Senate could make it a crime to not give advanced warning of restaurant shutdowns to employees. The WARN act would require businesses with more than 50 employees or a payroll north of $2 million to give 60 days’ notice before ceasing operations, per Restaurant Business. Those found in violation would be subject to “back pay and benefits.”

That would be wild

Speaking of lawsuits, the California Restaurant Association is currently suing the city of Berkeley, says NPR, over that city’s requirement that restaurants going in to new buildings only be allowed to cook with electricity instead of natural gas. The Association says the requirement would have devastating effects on the restaurant industry there.

Good for them

Eagle Rock Brewery is celebrating ten years with a big party on January 18, including lots of music, food, and of course beer.

Sweet tooth alert

A new edible cookie dough spot called Edoughble is opening on Monday at 2625 S. Robertson.

Two big names

Curtis Stone is teaming up with Thomas Keller and his Ment’or non-profit for a charity dinner and conversation on Sunday. The $325 event includes lots of drinks, small bites, and a four-course dinner, plus the talk between Keller and Stone.

It’s a Christmas movie

The W in Hollywood is offering a free screening of Die Hard on Thursday, December 12. Expect themed cocktails and food as well.

Wine on the Westside

Santa Monica coffee shop Goodboybob is expanding into the beer and wine game as of this Friday. The NoMad’s Ryan Bailey consulted on the opening program, to go along with new hours that extend to 8 p.m. on weekdays.