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102-Year-Old Musso & Frank Returns to Hollywood After Nine Month Hiatus

Plus, new public health protocols for restaurants, Winston Pies opens in Santa Monica, and the state of Little Tokyo’s dining scene

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The deep walls and white tablecloths of a historic Hollywood restaurant.
Inside Musso & Frank
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Great news, vintage restaurant fans: Musso & Frank is coming back. The 102-year-old Hollywood staple announced its planned return on social media yesterday, saying they are now accepting reservations for in-person dining starting May 6. The restaurant has been fully closed since late July.

Per Variety, Musso & Frank wanted to reopen in time for the busy Mother’s Day weekend, though because of ongoing pandemic restrictions the space is going to look and feel a little different for the time being. That means limiting the number of tables, of course, and a few missing elements that longtime fans have always loved about Musso & Frank (like no bar seating, sadly). Still, the good news is the restaurant has survived — thanks in part to a robust donation campaign — and looks to be ready to roll again in just a couple of weeks.

In other news:

Speaking of COVID-19 protocols, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has recently (and somewhat quietly) made some significant changes to its public health order relating to restaurants. The updates include:

  • Live on-site outdoor entertainment can resume
  • Fully vaccinated staff do not need to wear face shields, though they must continue to wear masks
  • Private events are now formally allowed, though the restaurant must be closed completely (no splitting the space)
  • Tables can once again be placed six feet apart, as measured from the back of the chair to the back of the next closest chair
  • Sprinkles has moved beyond the cupcake game, and now makes its own chocolate, too.
  • 71Above reopens next Tuesday in Downtown LA. The sky-high indoor setup will continue along with new open air pop-up Vista two floors below, run by the same kitchen team.
  • LAist takes a look at the restaurants and other small businesses of Little Tokyo to see how they’re faring more than a year into the pandemic.
  • Winston Pies has opened in Santa Monica. The bright space arrived last weekend at 1705 Ocean Avenue, selling pies, pastries, coffee, ice cream, and more. Expect hours from Wednesday through Sunday
A light and airy pie shop with blue tones and glass between customer and worker.
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