Our favorite restaurants have struggled since March to stay open during the pandemic lockdowns. First they were relegated to serving only takeout, which meant laying off waiters and busboys.
Then they were gradually allowed to open on patios and in parking lots. People were told it was safe to dine outside. Many restaurants went to great expense to fix up parking lots and install partitions.
L.A. County Supervisors voted on November 24 to ban outdoor dining once again, which inspired lawsuits asking the County to produce the scientific evidence that outdoor dining spreads the Covid virus. Supervisor Shiela Kuehl then made headlines by going to Il Forno Trattoria in Santa Monica, hours after that vote, and dined outside.
County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant examined the evidence today, December 8.
In a 53-page tentative ruling, Chalfant said “Los Angeles County health officials acted ‘arbitrarily’ and without a proper ‘risk-benefit’ analysis when they banned outdoor dining as a coronavirus-control measure.” The judge said the County failed to perform the required risk-benefit analysis before enacting the ban.
Governor Gavin Newsom, who faced public scorn after being photographed at the French Laundry (ignoring his own rules about masking/social distancing/ and eating with those other than his family), released a new edict, the Regional Stay Home Order, on December 3. If a region has fewer than 15 percent of ICU beds available, then new restrictions go into place. They include closing hair salons, barber shops and nail salons, and restaurants can only serve takeout and delivery.
Los Angeles is part of the Southern California region that includes the following counties: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. CTN sent a query to the governor to ask how residents can track the hospitals and the number of ICU beds being occupied but has not received a reply.
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
It’s time to help our restaurants survive. Which restaurants do you want to be here when the pandemic is over? Circling the News spoke to several restaurant owners after this most recent closure and all are struggling to stay in business.
Buy a gift certificate — or two! Order takeout as often as possible. Remind your friends to do the same.
Beech Street Café (310) 573-1940
Café Vida (310) 573-1335
Cathay Palisades (310) 459-9628
Casa Nostra (454) 581-4000
Cinque Terre West (310) 454-0709
Kayndaves (310) 459-8118
Matthew’s Garden Café (310) 573-9777
Modo Mio (310) 459-0979
Pearl Dragon (310) 459-9790
Sasabune Sushi (310) 454-6710
Taj Palace (310) 454-0988
Blue Ribbon Sushi (310) 907-9899
Edo Little Bites (424) 581-6515
Hank’s (424) 363-7166
Porta Via (310) 499-2989
The Draycott (310) 573-8938
Sunlife Organics (310) 573-7757
Chipotle (310) 230-0153
Estate Coffee (424) 330-0220
Noah’s Bagels (310) 230-1461
Palisades Garden Café (310) 459-6160
HIGHLANDS AND MARQUEZ:
Casa Nostra (310) 454-8889
Moku (310) 230-3000 or 424-744-8729
Vittorio’s Ristorante (310) 459-9316
K Bakery (310) 573-9900
Fiesta Feast (310) 459-7380
Gladstone’s Restaurant (310) 454-3474
Juicy Ladies (424) 268-4557
Pure Energy Cafe (310) 573-4105
Rocco’s Cucina (424) 414-0514
Subway (310) 573-7338
Thai Vegan III (310) 230-1411
SANTA MONICA CANYON:
Café Delfini (310) 459-8823
Giorgio Baldi (310) 573-1660
Golden Bull (310) 230-0402
Patrick’s Roadhouse (310) 459-4544
Talulla’s (310) 526-0027
Several readers have chimed in about their favorite restaurants. One said, “Writing to give a shout-out to Cathay Palisades, with food as delicious as ever. Such a treat to have chicken again (cashew chicken in my favorite) and as always served with a smile. Support them, please!”
Another wrote, “I’d like to remind everyone that K Bakery . . . waaayyy out west on Palisades Drive, is open and has a full menu and delivers…..Why cook when you can get great healthy meals delivered to your door free of charge (only in the Palisades….there is a small charge for Malibu)? And their baked goods are terrific.”
Yet another reader is a Casa Nostra fan: “This is my new favorite restaurant in the village!”