County supervisors gave approval to breweries and wineries to open next week on October 6 for outdoor service, providing much-needed relief for businesses that have been closed continuously for over six months, according to KTLA News. Measures such as reservations, social distancing, limited hours, and other safety measures will still be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Supervisor Janice Hahn introduced the motion to allow breweries and wineries to reopen in LA County, noting the county did not see a spike in coronavirus cases after Labor Day.
Before this motion passed, only breweries and wineries with a full restaurant component were allowed to resume service for outdoor dining. Breweries and wineries would join the multitude of LA restaurants who have had the chance to reopen for outdoor service in recent months. Despite the loosening of these restrictions for LA’s crucial craft beer and wine industry, the county remains in the purple, or most restrictive, tier.
In other news:
- Alpine Village, the Bavarian-inspired wonderland in Carson with a restaurant, bakery, and more, has been deemed an historical landmark by the LA County Board of Supervisors, reports CBS News. While the owner says the place had been losing money for some time and that he had considered offers to demolish and redevelop the property, he was in support of the landmark destination. The designation did not include the interior of the building and the northern portion of the property that hosts a swap meet and generates most of the revenues.
- Disney has had to lay off 28,000 employees at its parks in California and Florida, including the iconic Disneyland in Anaheim due to restrictions from the pandemic. The company didn’t say how many were laid off in California, but it does employ 30,000 at the Disneyland resort. [AP]
- Bridgetown Roti has a very tasty-looking red pepper goat roti with peanut sauce for the month of October. The new roti joins a fuller menu of patties and roti that is available for pickup only from Friday to Sunday.
- The former LDH Kitchen and Cadet space in Santa Monica has been leased to a new restaurant called Jonah’s Kitchen and Bar, according to Toddrickallen. The early menu seems to show tacos, chips, and salsa, so expect something Mexican-influenced there.
- LA Business Journal has a story on whether or not outdoor dining is going to save the city’s restaurant scene. “It’s been a challenge, but we’ve definitely succeeded. It’s just important to be here, so everybody can work,” says Kristine Lopshire, general manager of Bamboo Club in Long Beach.
- Since it’s that time of year again, Time Out has a handy list of where to get pumpkin spice-flavored foods in LA. Honestly the spiced pumpkin bread with cranberry compote at All Day Baby looks pretty delicious.
- Burritos La Palma will open a takeout window in Boyle Heights on Olympic Boulevard some time in October, reports L.A. Taco.
- The LA Times food section has a very cool recipe on the oatmeal raisin cookie from West LA gas station cookie shop Zooie’s.
- The Arsenal, an iconic West LA pub, is on the sales block, according to What Now LA.