Upscale Italian restaurant La Scala in Beverly Hills has come under fire in the past several days for trying to “discreetly” attract diners for an indoors New Years Eve party. A not-so-secretive invite was reportedly slipped into a number of to-go bags by restaurant staff, reading in part: “Welcome back to the 20’s Prohibition... We are currently taking reservations for New Year’s Eve dinner. Inside.” Naturally, the final line read: “Please keep this discreet, but tell all your friends.”
The restaurant was quickly roasted across social media once the note got out, including on their own Instagram posts. Though they’ve yet to make a formal public statement, the Los Angeles Times and others report that Beverly Hills officials have been in touch with La Scala ownership to make sure the event does not happen.
In other news:
- Los Angeles band Yacht has released a $5 digital track on Bandcamp called, appropriately, Christmas Alone. All the proceeds from each paid download go directly to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. There’s also an option to just donate directly, no song included.
- A number of area malls have been fined for not properly following COVID-19 protocols, including overcrowding, letting customers eat on-site, and not enforcing social distancing. The fines are small, though, coming in at just $500 apiece, though some places like the Grove and the Citadel have been fined multiple times.
- Dave’s Hot Chicken has arrived in Orange County, landing a new location at 10832 Warner Ave. in Fountain Valley.
- A new at-home steakhouse dinner experience called the Finishing Gourmet has come to Los Angeles. The chef Robert Sulatycky (Bocus d’or) setup started just before Christmas and is intended as a way for steakhouse fans to receive almost fully-finished steaks, salads, and sides in a tight confirmed delivery window at home. Meals are then lightly finished at home.
- Porto’s Bakery is doing individual-sized Rosca de Reyes (King’s Cake) portions for take-home dining across all locations. The so-called Roscita is available starting today for in-car pickup only.
- Commerson on La Brea is doing a six-course New Years Eve dinner for $59 per person. Meanwhile, the Cat and Fiddle in Hollywood is doing a coursed-out meal for $36 per person, plus the option to add on drinks; check out the menu and order by December 30.