West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. reopens its rooftop today. It’s a reworked version from the former lounge/bar, to a sit-down restaurant with carefully spaced tables, sanitation hosts, plexiglass, and new small plates menu.
Those familiar with E.P. & L.P.’s Cal-Asian theme will see some former hits along with new ones like the ahi tuna crostini, a shrimp “Toast”ada with spiced shrimp mousse fried on a tortilla, and fried chicken sandwich. All are $12, but there’s also a $35 tasting menu coming later in the summer. Management will maintain six feet between tables, along with a 60% maximum capacity with 150 diners, a drop from the standard 240. There’s even new furniture to help accommodate the new health department standards for safe dining.
All profits from today will be donated to the NAACP. Staff will accommodate walk-ins and reservations from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In other news:
—WeHoVille tracked the rapid descent of West Hollywood tourism over the last three months. The story is a stark reminder of how quickly everything changed in mid-March, with the La Peer Hotel typically at an 80% occupancy rate, but now hovers between 2% and 3%.
—Republique re-opens Thursday for daytime service from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., while A.O.C.’s sit-down dinner service resumes today from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. If that’s not enough fine-dining, Providence is taking reservations for its reopening on June 17.
—The SoCal-based non-profit Inclusive Action For The City launched a GoFundMe for Los Angeles street vendors. The funds will ultimately be distributed to street vendors who are financially struggling as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
—Toddrickallen noticed an ABC application at the former Bowl Kitchen at Lincoln and 21st in Santa Monica. The future restaurant comes from the Barrique crew in Venice, and named it Piccolo by Barrique.
—Alimento could use some feedback from LA diners to help with their reopening plans. Give management a hand with this quick survey.