On Tuesday, Hermosa Beach’s City Council issued an emergency ordinance that effectively bans diners from gathering in front of restaurants while waiting to dine on outdoor patios. This ban includes the formation of lines, or standing on sidewalks and public right-of-ways.
Since dining outdoors and reduced capacity remains at a minimum, increased crowds continue to gather in front of businesses while waiting to for a table, according to the Daily Breeze. This activity violates social-distancing guidelines in LA County.
The ordinance requires restaurants to manage crowds and lines. Hermosa Beach restaurants must either seat customers right away or ask them to wait in their cars. Businesses must also develop a phone reservation or call-back system when tables are ready for seating.
In other news:
- After incurring damage by looters during the Los Angeles Dodgers World Series win, Silver Lake’s Flore Vegan created a $1,500 GoFundMe to help pay for damages.
- Salon looked into the forthcoming Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company, its owner Chef Mario Christerna, and talked gentrification and Boyle Heights history.
- The Los Angeles Times profiled three small businesses that closed for good due to coronavirus.
- An Orange County restaurant took a bold and cinematic stance on its anti-mask policy. Basilico’s Pasta e Vino posted a sign that references the classic film The Godfather that says “Leave the Mask, Take the Cannoli,” according to Spectrum News.
- Social media app TikTok has now penetrated LA’s restaurants with a food trend delivery service. It launched yesterday, and includes dishes from B Sweet and WeHo’s Dialog Cafe. Order via Postmates.
- This weekend, Poppy + Rose commences an outdoor brunch on the rooftop of the Los Angeles Flower Market building in DTLA.
- There’s more brunch slightly further west at the Formosa Cafe. Starting Sunday, West Hollywood’s iconic spot hangout will serve its first-ever Sunday brunch on its al fresco patio areas. On the menu are Taiwanese favorites like dim sum, shumai, and xiao long bao. Reserve a table through Resy, though walk-ins are welcome.