A local restaurant reaches for worldwide infamy by having a “zero-tolerance policy against treasonous anti-American stupidity” and requiring diners to be unvaccinated to enter the restaurant, which is already a “mask-free” zone. Huntington Beach restaurant Basilico’s Pasta e Vino has been trying to gain publicity with this stunt since last year, when it posted a billboard all the way up on La Cienega Boulevard, dozens of miles from its location with a sign that said “leave the mask, take the cannoli,” a reference to the Godfather movie. The question is ... how does one prove they’re unvaccinated?
Owner Tony Roman was quoted in the LA Times as saying his policy was to defend American liberty and freedom. He says this, of course, as cases and hospitalizations in Orange and Los Angeles County have risen sharply due to the delta variant and unvaccinated people. Roman’s stance comes amid bars that have said they will not allow patrons to enter unless they have proof of vaccination.
In other news:
- L.A. Taco has a look at the first-ever city-approved and fully legal tamal cart that will cost about $7,500. The cart looks nifty but costs a lot more than a lot of vendors could probably afford, so Inclusive Action for the City will offer loans to help people purchase them.
- What Now LA reports that San Diego-based taco restaurant City Tacos will bring Mexicali-style fare to USC Village in early August.
- Umbrella Hospitality, which does Melrose Umbrella Club, the Corner Door, and Lono, among other bars across LA, has a residency at the Sixty Hotel in Beverly Hills rooftop called Umbrella Swim Club with light California fare and summery cocktails like a Piña Colada. The vibes look pretty stellar:
- Uovo in Marina del Rey is open as of yesterday and while the pastas produced by hand in Italy — like the off-menu tagliatelle with truffle sauce, or the incredible ricotta-filled ravioli with pomodoro — are as delicious as ever, this newest location comes with a great view of the waterfront from its bar and outdoor patio. And on the part of the restaurant facing the parking lot, there’s a very cool word search wall.