The recent surge in COVID-19 across Los Angeles has restaurants scrambling to protect workers and diners. Initially, bars were the ones requiring vaccination or a recent negative test, but now more restaurants are joining the fray. Osteria La Buca said that beginning Monday, August 2, the restaurant will require a photo or digital version of a vaccine card in order to protect staff and other diners. “The policy will not be broken for anyone,” said the popular Italian restaurant on its Instagram account. In addition, a representative of Conservatory in West Hollywood says it will require either a recent negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to enter the restaurant, bar, and cafe. Winston House in Venice opened this week with mandatory reservations and proof of vaccination to enter the beachside supper club. Earlier this week, L’Antica Pizzeria’s new outdoor lounge announced it would require a negative rapid test in order to enter the space. Restaurants in cities like New York City and Seattle are following these models to help reduce the risk of transmission.
In other news:
- Los Angeles sports fans might want to start directing new Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer, who previously spent seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, on where the pitcher can pick up some roast beef sandwiches. Eater D.C. has a story on Scherzer’s need to have a massive roast beef sandwich whenever he hit the mound.
- Fairfax District deli Canter’s will be able to serve fans up in the Bay Area with a new delivery-only kitchen in San Jose, reports SF Chronicle.
- LAist reports that Disneyland guests will have to wear masks indoors at the Anaheim theme park.
- A third grade teacher is bringing an open-air market to help the community of Lennox amid the area’s gentrification from the nearby SoFi Stadium, in this story in L.A. Taco.
- Venice’s vegetable-focused restaurant De Buena Planta plots a new expansion in Silver Lake in the former Tintorera space along Sunset Boulevard, according to What Now LA.
- InsideHook gives the spotlight on bars that are going beyond the basic drinking snacks, with a look at the tasty Southern food at Thunderbolt in Historic Filipinotown.
- Burger fans will have an incredible selection to choose from next week at Long Beach’s Burger Week: