Yesterday, City Council introduced a motion for opt-in eligible restaurants in L.A. City to participate in Los Angeles’ newly established Restaurant Beverage Program. This program, eligible only to sit-down restaurants that meet a number of operating and “good neighbor” requirements, shortens the time required for City approvals from months to weeks, helping restaurant owners get up and running faster while also dramatically reducing start-up and operating costs.

Businesses have felt the stress of the pandemic and restaurants are the economic hub of our small business community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants had to quickly shift from dine-in to take-out food and alcohol to stay afloat, yielding revenue that helped keep their doors open and keep staff on the payroll. Now as we are slowly shifting back to normal, we want to make sure that moving forward, restaurants are able to stay competitive by reducing unnecessary red tape.

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