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Westchester Restaurant Sues TikTok Star Bryce Hall Over Alleged Fight Caught on Camera

Plus, Family Arcade reopens, new Huntington Beach restaurants, and a chile sauce revolution

 Influencer Bryce Hall attends the premiere party for LookHu’s “Slasher Party” at ArcLight Hollywood on September 18, 2018.
 Influencer Bryce Hall attends the premiere party for LookHu’s “Slasher Party” at ArcLight Hollywood on September 18, 2018
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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.

A co-owner of Cinco in Westchester filed a lawsuit against TikTok influencer Bryce Hall this month, accusing the social media influencer of multiple charges including battery, assault, and acts of violence motivated by race. Hernan Fernando alleges that Hall and his friends engaged in a physical altercation with Cinco staff last October, which was caught on video.

Fernando’s attorney shared a copy of the lawsuit with BuzzFeed News, who described her client as suffering from “lingering physical and emotional injuries.” People Magazine noted that Fernando is suing Hall for “battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and engaging in acts of violence motivated by race, national origin, citizenship, immigration status and primary language.”

According to the TMZ, Hall and his entourage were allegedly asked by a server to stop vaping and blew smoke in her face. The lawsuit alleges that Fernando told the group to stop vaping or close their tab. BuzzFeed writes that a server overheard Hall refer to Fernando as “the Mexican” and “wetback” after the co-owner asked the party to stop vaping. The complaint also alleges Hall threatened the bar manager before the fight broke out.

In other news:

  • How did LA’s beloved Lawry’s survive the pandemic? Los Angeles Magazine tells us what management did to keep the 83-year-old steakhouse alive during the shutdown.
  • Three new restaurants are coming to Huntington State Beach, including Huntington Beach House and pizza joint Sahara’s Sandbar. Both will open this year, writes the Los Angeles Times.
  • East Hollywood’s old-school and family-owned Family Arcade — which opened in 1972 — reopens on May 3 with limited capacity and free play for $25 per person.
  • The Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance yesterday that requires city restaurants to only give out disposable utensils by request. CBS-2 writes that any food and beverage business with more than 26 employees must comply starting November 15, and all food and beverage facilities as of April 22, 2022. If this sounds familiar, the council started this process back in 2018 after then Gov. Jerry Brown signed a plastic straw ban.
  • With two locations in the Southland, Cafe Demitasse is taking its reopening plan slowly. Barista Magazine has the story.
  • Is there a chile sauce revolution happening in Los Angeles? LA Times columnist Jenn Harris happily tried some out and tagged where to find a bottle from places like Rice Box and Yang’s Kitchen.