August

August 17, 2020

Show Your Support for the RESTAURANTS Act!

Friends, LA City Council is considering formal supportย for one of the most important pieces of federal restaurant COVID-19 recovery legislation (council file #20-0002-S114), the RESTAURANTS ACT HR 7197. This bipartisan, bicameral proposal would support hard-hit independent restaurants through a new $120 billion Revitalization Fund. This lifeline would help independent restaurants deal with the long-term structural challenges facing the industry because of COVID-19 and secure the employment of 11 million workers across 500,000 small businesses, as well as the five million more jobs up and down their supply chains. This is good for the industry, as a WHOLE! We cannot let this get away from us. We have partnered with both the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) and Independent Hospitality Coalition (IHC) in pushing … Continued

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July

July 29, 2020

Restaurant Beverage Program Needs Your Help!

Friends,  I hope you are all safe and well. As many of you know, the City of Los Angeles is considering a new program that would simplify the zoning approval for restaurants that wish to serve alcoholic beverages. If you need a refresher on the Restaurant Beverage Program (RBP), you can review my previous posts here and here. On June 25, The City Planning Commission gave their support to RBP and recommended that City Council pass it. However, that was not the final step in the process, and there is still work to do before RBP is official. Right now, we are waiting for City Council to discuss the RBP in its Planning & Land Use and Ad Hoc Job Creation Committees. If … Continued

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June

June 25, 2020

Restaurant Beverage Program Public Comments TODAY

Restaurant Friends,    TODAY AT NOON the LA City Planning Commission will be taking public comments on the Restaurant Beverage Program. This is a new over-the-counter alcohol authorization with substantially reduced fees and TIMELINES! This could apply for you; the existing operator who wishes to make changes/expansions, upgrade to full liquor, or renew your expired CUP, all with a standard set of operating conditions. WE NEED THIS. The city will not approve this if they don’t know you support it. Please help make this program possible by speaking up!Join us at noon today to voice support for item 10 on the planning commission agenda. To make a public comment, join the video call here or call (669) 900-9128. Use meeting ID: 925 5319 5688 and press #. Press # … Continued

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May

May 23, 2020

ABC Allows Licensees to Expand their Footprint

Hello Friends,  I hope you are all safe and well.  ABC licensees looking for ways to maintain social distancing protocols while not losing most of their patron capacity just received some good news:  The Alcoholic Beverage Control recently announced a new round of temporary relief measures intended to support the restaurant industry. In this latest round, the Department created a new permit called ‘COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization’ that will permit restaurants in counties that allow on-site dining to expand their ABC licenses into adjacent areas under their control. Unlike the existing ABC procedure to enlarge a licensee’s footprint, which could take months, this authorization will take effect immediately upon submitting an application and paying a $100 fee to the Department.   To obtain … Continued

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April

April 19, 2020

LA Alcohol Policy Update

First and foremost, I hope all of you are healthy and well. These are difficult and uncertain times for us all, but I know that we can get through them if we stick together.  Many of you have reached out to us with questions regarding a recently posted Eater LA article titled, “LA Makes It Much Easier for Restaurants to Get a Permit to Sell Alcohol.” Given the number of inquires about the article and the confusion it seems to have raised, we felt it necessary to clarify the program at the center of the story.  Contrary to the title of the article, the LA City Council has yet to approve the Restaurant Beverage Program (RBP), so it is not in effect. … Continued

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April 2, 2020

Guide to a temporary change of operations due to COVID-19.

In response to restaurants becoming grocers during the COVID-19 crisis, LA County Health Department provided some guidelines on โ€œ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜†โ€ changing methods of operations. This is the latest from LA County District of Enforcement and Surveillance:  If a restaurant wants to โ€œ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜†โ€ change its method of operation to get through the COVID-19 crisis, then the facility is allowed to do the following: โ€ขAll food items to be sold must be listed on a menu, menu board or other type of display.โ€ขThe food items must be provided to the customer over-the-counter, by drive-thru, or delivery. Customers are not allowed to self-select or self-service goods. โ€ขIf the facility intends to sell โ€œnon-foodโ€ items (i.e., toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), then those items must also … Continued

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