Michael’s, the Launching Pad for California Cuisine, Faces an Uncertain Future

Amid the shutdown, the son of founder Michael McCarty reflects on the realities of running a beloved restaurant
Chas McCarty • Los Angeles Magazine • July 2, 2020
The thought running through my head, as my dad and I raided our restaurant’s wine cellar after Santa Monica implemented its COVID-19 stay-at-home measure, was: at least there’s toilet paper. I grabbed three rolls for myself and gave the rest to...
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