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LA Businesses Board Up Windows and Doors to Prepare For Potential Election Day Unrest

Plus, Ninong’s Cafe closure, Intelligentsia Venice remodel, and migrant workers in California

downtown Los Angeles talks about boarding up the front of his location this evening in preparation for possible civil unrest in downtown L.A. as his and a number of retail store fronts are boarding up I advance of an anxious election day across L.A.
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

As Los Angeles residents prepare to cast ballots on Election Day, businesses throughout the Southland boarded up facades and windows to prepare for possible unrest.

This activity isn’t specific to one area and spans from Pasadena to Downtown to the coast. Out in Santa Monica, entire blocks are being boarded up right next to Third Street Promenade.

This year is an uncertain one for Los Angeles and the country, as the coronavirus pandemic is still well underway. Business owners are also cautious after June’s police brutality protests, and recent celebrations surrounding LA’s Dodgers and Lakers victories, which resulted in some vandalism to businesses.

In other news:

  • L.A. Taco generously provided a public service listing by LA taqueros offering discounts, gifts, or free tacos on Election Day.
  • Ube pancake innovator Ninong’s Pastries & Cafe closed its Northridge shop on November 1.
  • It’s challenging to open a food business during the coronavirus pandemic. The Robb Report looks at chef Josh Buckwald’s pasta business, Orso Pasta and how the former Rossoblu pasta maker is handling it.
  • After a remodel, Intelligentsia Coffee Venice reopened for takeout service today with a wholly redesigned space. The signature shop, one of LA’s first and finest third wave entrants, now has entirely new look.
  • Bon Appétit took a detailed look at the lives of California’s migrant workers, and their impact on the food supply chain throughout the country.
  • Time Out LA composed a list of takeout options for those hoping to take in Election Day from the couch.
  • The designated mother of modern Chinese cooking, Cecilia Chiang, passed away last week. The Los Angeles Times provided some context surrounding her wide-reaching influence on Chinese cuisine and restaurants.
  • Long Beach Creamery introduced a new flavor dedicated to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, according to the Long Beach Post. “Honor Ruth” is available online starting Thursday, and available Friday at all three of Long Beach Creamery’s locations.