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LA County Will Pay Local Restaurants to Feed Seniors Three Meals a Day

Plus: Tacos Leo is back, and and Lance Bass sells booze from an ice cream truck

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Chef Josef Centeno prepares a meal at his closed restaurant
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The County of Los Angeles is launching its own senior citizen meals initiative, called the Great Plates Delivered plan. Much like the statewide effort announced by governor Gavin Newsom last month, this regionally-specific plan will pay restaurants directly to provide three meals per day to qualifying seniors across the county. The move is meant to not only protect an at-risk group from COVID-19 by feeding them and keeping them at home; it also allows for restaurants to reopen (at least in a limited capacity) and rehire staff.

LA’s Great Plates Delivered plan is far from the first to think of this idea, as groups like the Power of 10 have been doing similar work nationwide for weeks now. The county initiative is funded mostly by FEMA and set currently to run through June 10, though reps for the program say that two 30-day extensions will be sought. Meanwhile, restaurateurs looking to get in on the plan should reach out directly.

And in other news:

— Laurel Hardware has reopened in West Hollywood, selling daily from noon to 10 p.m. That means pizza, wine, and a whole lot more.

— Tacos Leo is back open at La Brea and Venice. The iconic al pastor spot is doing its best to practice social distancing, despite the usually heavy crowds that gather.

— Sogo Hand Roll Bar in Los Feliz reopened last week, once again selling chef Kiminobu Saito’s hand rolls to go only.

Yeastie Boys Bagels is teaming up with Canter’s for a black and white cookie ice cream sandwich collaboration, available via delivery this week.

— Few For All has expanded its offerings and its availability, now selling pasta, cookies, and more at places like Tabula Rasa in Thai Town. The group uses the funds from sold product to donate meals to the L.A. Food Bank.

— The Nice Guy on La Cienega is expanding west. In a partnership with Postmates, the company is now selling some of its staple dishes from the Mason kitchen at 108 W. Channel Road in Santa Monica, operating for the Westside from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Yes, cocktails are included.

— LAFC is also giving out meals to those in need, partnering with local operators like Bludso’s BBQ and Seoul Sausage to provide 16 meals, twice a week — each enough for a family of four. Those interested in helping out, or receiving a meal, can find out more here.

— The CVT soft serve ice cream truck is adding to its arsenal, selling beer, wine, and cocktails from Lance Bass’s company Bubble Tap Trailer. The pre-order party goes down this Friday and also includes pasta and pizza from Tasty Box, but beware: Pickup is only in Sherman Oaks and Studio City. For now.

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Ice Cream & Booze? You heard it here first!⁣ ⁣ Now that alcohol delivery is technically a thing, we've partnered up with the lovely folks at Bubble Tap Trailer to bring some well-deserved indulgences to the neighborhood this Friday 5/15.⁣ ⁣ For those that don't know, Bubble Tap Trailer is owned by two incredible sisters and the one and only Lance Bass. I'm personally more of a Backstreet Boys guy myself, but I'm willing to make an exception given the circumstances...You're welcome!⁣ ⁣ But wait, there's more! Bubble Tap Trailer also runs a catering company called Tasty Box that will be bringing along pizza and pasta kits for the family. You'll need to place your order with them by 9pm on Thursday 5/14 at⁣ ⁣ So lets recap. Ice Cream, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pizza, Pasta, and you don't have to leave your house. Well, technically you do. You'll have to walk outside, or down the block, or park your car and walk over. The food and booze is for PRE-ORDER PICKUP ONLY, and we'll be doing ice cream on the fly. You can have dessert before dinner, take it home for after your feast, or both. As my dad always says, "Temptation doesn't go on vacation!"⁣ ⁣ We'll be starting with Sherman Oaks, and Studio City (times and locations attached). If things go well, we may make this "a thing" if I can figure out how to put aside my boy band allegiance because, IIIIII WANNNNNT IT THAAAAAT WAAAAY!⁣

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