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Downtown Disney Will Stay Closed as Orange County Restaurants Reopen

Plus, frozen pizza for a cause, permanent OC restaurant closings, and a slew of reopenings in LA

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As Orange County restaurants reopened this week, restaurants and retail stores in Downtown Disney will remain temporarily closed. Company representatives told the Orange County Register, “We are evaluating the guidance provided by California and Orange County and we have not made a decision on a reopening date for Downtown Disney at this time.”

Earlier this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved OC’s reopening plans, which permits in-house dining. Downtown Disney closed temporarily on March 12, with a promise to reopen in mid-April amidst coronavirus concerns. Downtown Disney hosts 19 restaurants and food vendors on a strip adjacent to Disneyland, which remains closed as well.

In other news:

La Morra Pizza pop-up is up and running while spreading good deeds. For each purchase of a frozen pizza, the owners will donate one to LA families in need.

—Pasadena’s Economic Development and Technology Committee is working on new guidelines for reopening local restaurants, which includes parking lot and sidewalk dining, according to Pasadena Now.

—The Orange County Register published a list of notable closings in OC, including Royal Thai Cuisine and Watermark.

—The Los Angeles Times critic Patricia Escárcega profiled the 80-year-old Chino restaurant Centro Basco.

—Malibu’s Mr Chow closed January, and Toddrickallen reports the replacement is the new arm of Montecito-based steakhouse, Lucky’s.

—A group of LA restaurants resumed takeout and/or delivery service this week, including Bernadette’s, Konbi, Needle, Night + Market Song Silver Lake, plus The Lark in Santa Barbara.

—The Off The Menu crew put together a plant-based burger showdown this week. It runs through Sunday, so order these vegan creations via Uber Eats, then vote for your favorite.