Independent concert venues throughout Southern California will likely have to wait until after Election Day on November 3 for any relief from Congress. On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he refuses to further negotiate with Democrats on a second stimulus bill until after the election. A second stimulus bill would grant a bailout to not only restaurants and small businesses, but independent music venues like The Troubadour, which have been closed for nearly seven months.
As reported by Vice, independent concert venue owners hoped to receive assistance from the Save Our Stages Act, and the updated HEROES Act, which includes funds to cover expenses until the venues are given the green light to reopen.
The President said “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.” Yet this morning, the President urged Congress to come back to the bargaining table.
...request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business. I have asked...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
A study by the National Independent Venue Association — which represents over 2,800 venues across all 50 states — claims that 90 percent of independent live entertainment venues will permanently close by the end of the 2020 without a bailout. Since March, music and theatrical performances were canceled as establishments were forced to close by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Without live shows or financial help, the future of LA’s historic venues like The Palladium and The Roxy remain uncertain.
In other news:
- Suzanne Goin’s cassoulet night returns on October 24. Choose outdoor dine-in at Maple Plaza with Lucques Catering or takeout or delivery. Cassoulet for two is $75 for two, and a four to six people can try family-sized for $115. Order via Tock.
- Hawthorne’s Common Space Brewery and San Pedro’s Brouwerij West reopen today. A few requirements are on the table for entry: reservations must be made one day in advance, and all imbibers must order food, and of course, wear masks.
- According to a source, Whittier’s Bottle Room closed this week. As one of the few bar/restaurants to offer rare beers, it’s quite a loss for the eastern Gateway Cities.
- The plant-based Veggie Grill introduced a new “tuna melt” yesterday. The Southern California-chain partnered with Good Catch for the new menu item, which is available until the end of 2020.
- Disneyland-dependent Anaheim is only one of the many US cities dealing with the loss of tourism dollars. According to Vox, Anaheim will face a $100 million deficit because of coronavirus.
- Playa Provisions resurrected the pretzel burger from its shuttered sister restaurant The Tripel. The pretzel bun is filled with aged rib-eye beef, caramelized onions, poppy seed slaw, and aged cheddar for $12. Pair it with a trio of beers for $15 on Wednesdays. Playa Provisions’ patio is open, but reservations are recommended.