Traditionally one of the busiest days for Mexican restaurants throughout the Southland, Cinco de Mayo was a bit somber this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that didn’t stop locals from getting their favorite enchiladas, beer, and margaritas to-go. On Twitter, a user snapped a photo of 28 cars patiently waiting in line at Pepe’s in Alhambra. Over in Sherman Oaks, the classic Casa Vega had at least 30 cars, according to an Instagrammer.
Cinco de Mayo + quarantine equals 28 cars in line at Pepe's in Alhambra. Line wraps around the block. Hijole! pic.twitter.com/y9A37XrCY4— Andrew J. Campa (@campadrenews) May 6, 2020
In other news:
—West Hollywood’s legendary Troubadour is in financial trouble, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 60-year-old venue which launched the careers of Linda Rondstadt, the Eagles, and Elton John will be some of California’s last businesses to re-open, under Governor Gavin Newsom’s phased reopening. Troubador’s management launched a GoFundMe page to help pay employees.
—Today at noon, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission will host a webinar about the future Restaurant Beverage Program. The program is designed to reduce delays and permit costs. There’s Q&A from actual LA officials as well. Register here.
—MTN chefs Juan Hernandez and Pedro Aquino launched a Oaxacan pop-up today called Valle, according to the Los Angeles Times. It all takes place inside MTN with tacos, nopales salad, and a $45 whole bone-in full chicken with rice, beans, tortillas, and salsas.
—After more than 20 years, Long Beach’s prominent Rock Bottom Brewery will close permanently.
—The Power of 10, a restaurant industry non-profit aiming to bring restaurant workers back to work and provide access to food, expanded its reach to include 30 prominent restaurants nationwide thanks to a sponsorship from Capital One, including LA’s own Guelaguetza.
—A handful of openings and re-openings are underway. Goldburger announced a new pop-up in Highland Park Thursday through Sunday. Idle Hour Bar opened last Friday with a limited food AND cocktail menu.
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I am excited to announce that we’re back next week! We’ve got another 6 month popup opening May 14, this time in Highland Park at 5623 York Blvd. The space is going to start off as take out and delivery from our website and Caviar respectively, Thursday through Sunday, 12pm to 9pm. We won’t be able to take walk up orders for the time being but if you show up hungry and your phone is dead you wont be turned away. In addition to the classic popup menu we’ll be adding some new items I’ve been excited about for some time. I so appreciate everyone’s support during the Silver Lake days and I’m VERY excited to see you all in Highland Park soon! Stay safe everyone.