Earlier this week Los Angeles City and County health officials gave restaurants the green light to re-open outdoor dining on Friday…so we checked in with a few restaurateurs who shared their plans, and found many local restaurants on Larchmont are taking it slow. The forecast of rain this weekend is complicating efforts to resume outdoor dining for some. It’s also challenging for restaurants to invest in tents and portable heaters, and experts warn against closing things up too much and losing the benefit of being outside. Not surprisingly, almost everyone we checked with is still planning to offer take-out options.
Here’s more from several specific eateries:
Bricks and Scones coffee shop on North Larchmont Blvd. is planning to re-open its patio this Friday, barring any rain, according to a social media post:
“We will be gradually lengthening our open hours, on demand. A special thank you to our amazing online and in-person guests for getting this restaurant through this difficult time. We would not have made it without you all. Hopefully no rain by Friday! Sun shine all month! Thank you!
Kali restaurant, recently mentioned in an LA Times article on businesses trying to survive COVID-19 shutdowns, says it is not planning to open until after Valentine’s Day weekend. Owner Kevin Meehan has supplemented his revenue by offering small in-home dinners for clients, and posted on Instagram that he wants to wait “to ensure protocols are clear, again to ensure a safe environment for staff and guests. We appreciate the continued support during these challenging times.”
Mehan also told the Times, “Maybe it’s best to not open right away and gauge the scene,” said Kevin Meehan, chef-owner of Melrose Avenue restaurant Kali. “Laying off staff for the fourth time would be brutal.”
The Buzz will keep you posted as we hear from other restaurants. Stay safe and dry!