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Vaccine Verification Compliance at LA Bars and Nightclubs Is High, According to Report

Plus, history in Boyle Heights, and Tyra Banks Halloween ice cream party

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

This week, Los Angeles County officials reported that health inspectors — who visited approximately 1,500 businesses between October 16 to 22 — found that most businesses, including nightclubs, bars, and lounges were in compliance with indoor mask mandates and vaccine verifications.

The CDC still recommends that vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. And though COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to drop, LA County’s coronavirus transmission levels remain high. When breaking down inspector’s numbers, 82 percent of bars, 80 percent of nightclubs, and 86 percent of lounges were in compliance, reports Spectrum News. Inspectors also found 85 percent of bars were complying with verifying vaccine status before allowing entry.

Boyle Heights “radical” history

As LA’s official second suburb, Boyle Heights has quite the history. Bustle dove into how three waves of immigrants transformed the area.

Malibu’s restaurants and car guys

There’s a battle brewing in Malibu, where businesses including restaurants like Malibu Kitchen are fighting local vintage car enthusiasts like Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and those who follow them. The regular gatherings are negatively impacting businesses by causing congestion, says the Los Angeles Times.

Michael Mina in the Bay Area

After opening Bungalow Kitchen in Long Beach last year, chef Michael Mina debuts a second location in the cozy Northern California town of Tiburon, writes Mercury News.

Another round of grants for LA restaurants

LA mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new round of $5,000 grants available for struggling businesses on Tuesday, October 26. Garcetti made the announcement at Chinatown’s Hop Woo for LA’s Comeback Checks program. These grants can be used toward employee payroll, benefits, rent, utilities, insurance, among other expenses, reports CBS-2. Details are here.

Tyra Banks ‘Smize’ Halloween Party

This Saturday from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., former supermodel Tyra Banks will host a Halloween ice cream party at her Santa Monica shop Smize Cream. It’s also a “posing party” where pros will show how to celebrate the spooky holiday while walking and posing, or something. All while serving a Halloween-themed flavor called “Witch, please.”