2020 will be the year that upended the restaurant industry. It’s difficult to talk about the year in review when everything changed, when people and businesses suffered during the pandemic. In light of the challenging year for everyone in Los Angeles, we asked food writers and industry folks for headline predictions for 2021.
Mona Holmes, Eater LA Reporter
The Percentage of Corporate-Owned Restaurants in LA Surges by 50%
LA’s Beloved Street Vendors Are Back at It
LA’s Deep Bench of Talented Bartenders Have Left The Industry Altogether
Danielle Dorsey, LA editor, Thrillist
These might be more hopeful than predictive:
“City of LA Dramatically Slashes LAPD Budget”
Esther Tseng, freelance writer
RESTAURANTS Act Passed Thanks to Flipped Senate Amid Georgia Run-Offs ,
Millions of Restaurant Jobs Still Haven’t Returned,
Undocumented Restaurant Workers Still Face Food Insecurity
(I tried to include one positive headline!)
Jim Thurman, freelance writer
Sadly, more closures from the pandemic and its aftermath. The closest thing to a positive will come from more inventive and creative takeout/pickup options.
Farley Elliott, Eater LA senior editor
Small Footprint: How LA’s Unused Restaurant Nooks Are Leading the Next Wave of Micro-Restaurants
A New Round of Federal Restaurant Support Is Here, But It’s Still Not Enough
As LA Returns to ‘Normal,’ The City’s Street Vendors Continue to Be Left Out of the Discussion
Oren Peleg, Eater LA contributor, freelance writer
A return to intensely social interactions and extravagance. We miss each other, we miss being around strangers, we miss the energy of a packed room. There are going to be so many parties and crowds and celebrations of life. L’CHAIM!
Euno Lee, Eater LA writer
Prognosticating about headlines for an industry that is essentially facing an apocalypse seems, at least to me, to be in especially poor taste.
Hadley Tomicki, L.A. Taco
“McDonald’s star Grimace found dead at 49 at Bel-Air TikTok mansion.”
Matthew Kang, Eater LA editor
LA Street Food Given UNESCO World Heritage Award for Feeding Angelenos Through Pandemic