By Danielle Dorsey
With a dramatic drop in COVID cases, expanded eligibility for vaccines, and the orange tier on the horizon , many Los Angeles restaurants are inviting guests back to their indoor dining rooms for the first time in over a year. LA County is currently in the red tier , which indicates substantial spread of the virus and allows for some non-essential indoor businesses to open with modifications, including indoor dining at 25% capacity.
This is not just good news for diners who are eager to immerse themselves in the full restaurant atmosphere, but for restaurateurs and their workers who have been caught in an unpredictable game of back and forth as restrictions have fluctuated.
Those seesawing guidelines are why some restaurant owners are choosing to hold off on indoor dining for the moment, especially since longer days, warmer weather, and greater capacity for seating (50%) make outdoor dining an attractive option as we head into summer (not to mention that many guests and workers are still squeamish about the risks of indoor). Jon Yao, owner of the Taiwanese restaurant Kato , is in no rush to reopen his indoor dining room, saying, […]
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