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This young chef wants to hear more black voices in food media

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • June 6, 2020
Grief and rage over George Floyd’s death, and the death of countless other unarmed black Americans, were palpable on social media this week, where my feed was filled with blacked-out Instagram squares and impassioned calls to address what writer...

In-N-Out Is Suing Its Insurance Company for Not Covering a COVID Claim

Chris Nichols • Los Angeles Magazine • June 6, 2020
Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger has filed a lawsuit against its insurance company for not paying out on a business interruption claim due to mandated closures brought on by COVID-19. The iconic fast food chain has more than 350 locations across...

Review: Even during coronavirus crisis, Taco María shines bright

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 4, 2020
Just before the lockdown order came in March, I dined again at Taco María in Costa Mesa. I ate poppyseed tostadas topped with Dungeness crab. They were exquisite. I enjoyed lamb birria infused with star anise and coffee. Chef Carlos Salgado had...

As curfews continue, struggling restaurants dealt an additional blow

Garrett Snyder, Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • June 3, 2020
Los Angeles is facing another 6 p.m. curfew Tuesday in the wake of widespread protests that began last week against the killing of George Floyd in police custody. For local restaurants, already reeling from more than two months of takeout-only...

Best thing I ate: We’ve been eating cheesecake wrong

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 3, 2020
If you’ve been spending more time than usual on Instagram lately, you might have noticed the emergence of an underground world of food for sale, the result of an army of out-of-work chefs turning to the internet to make ends meet during the...

Family regroups after vandalism hits Santa Monica restaurant

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 2, 2020
The activity inside the Santa Monica location of Sunnin felt urgent on late Monday morning. Community volunteers, in their protective masks, had spread out through the restaurant’s dining room: They picked up shards of broken planters and swept...

Santa Monica restaurants looted and vandalized. Bay Cities deli not damaged

Jenn Harris, Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 1, 2020
Santa Monica restaurants and other businesses were ordered to close by 1 p.m. Monday the day after looting and vandalism in the city. Restaurants along the Third Street Promenade, 4th Street and Main Street were hit Sunday during protests over the...

These Black-Owned Restaurants and Shops Are Open for Businesses

Brittany Martin • Los Angeles Magazine • June 1, 2020
When the current protests begin to wane, there will still be a pandemic going on, and many small businesses, particularly restaurants and retailers, are barely hanging on. For L.A.’s Black-owned businesses, the current economic crisis may be all...

Black-owned businesses in Los Angeles

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • May 31, 2020
On Saturday, a Google spreadsheet full of black-owned restaurants in Los Angeles started circulating on Twitter, created by Kat Hong, a 25-year-old editorial assistant for the Infatuation website in L.A. “It came from a place of pure...

Are you ready to eat in an L.A. restaurant tonight?

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • May 30, 2020
Yesterday, the state cleared Los Angeles County to reopen restaurants. They will be required to follow strict guidelines; tables spaced at least 6 feet apart are only the beginning. In conversations with chefs and restaurant owners, my colleagues...