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You Can Finally Watch Dodgers and Lakers at Sports Bars in LA Again

Plus, Pride LA is canceled again, a Long Beach tiki pop-up bar, and new vegan near USC

Newsom closes bars as Covid-19 surges Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
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.

Los Angeles County officially moves into the the yellow or least restrictive tier for reopening today. That’s welcome news for county restaurants, bars, wineries, breweries, and distilleries, some of which have been closed for many months. County officials made a few changes to the COVID-19 reopening guidelines yesterday, by expanding the number of people who can dine together, along with a significant shift in time for playoffs season. Bar and restaurant owners can turn on their televisions again.

Here’s the details around those new guidelines:

  • If dining indoors, customers from up to six households sit together in groups of six if they are all fully vaccinated.
  • If dining outdoors, customers from up to eight households can sit together in groups of eight if they are fully vaccinated.
  • Televisions may be turned on in indoor and outdoor dining areas.

In other news:

  • Even though LA County’s overall COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates have dramatically dropped, the 2021 LA Pride Parade and festival was canceled for the second year in a row due to safety concerns. The Christopher Street West Association — the organization that runs LA Pride — will livestream a virtual show on June 10 with the social media app TikTok called Thrive with Pride, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  • L.A. Taco headed to Long Beach to experience Chuntikis, an underground cocktail pop-up at Roxanne’s Bar where LA’s Latino immigrant communities can appreciate the forgotten origins surrounding tiki culture.
  • Deadline reports a few players are lining up to potentially take over the Cinerama Dome, Arclight Cinemas, and Pacific Theatres. The Hollywood Reporter players like Imax, Marcus Corp, or Cinemark might be interested in keeping some of the locations in operation. In April, Decurion — the company that operates the theaters — said the theaters would not reopen after being closed due to COVID-19.
  • Feeling like it’s a good day to eat some shengjianbao? The Infatuation located three San Gabriel spots to try pan-fried soup dumplings.
  • Jackfruit Cafe owner Angela Means-Kaaya — and Felisha from Ice Cube’s classic 1995 movie Friday — is opening a second location near the USC campus this summer. Means-Kaaya’s plant-based restaurant found a happy takeout/delivery home at Colony Cooks in 2020, and plans to keep the soul food menu going in West LA.
  • LA’s Mama produced a video about the incredible Tacos Árabes De Puebla. It’s worth the 60 seconds to watch, but always better to visit. Check Tacos Árabes Instagram for hours and location.