LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the second phase of L.A. Al Fresco, the city’s initiative to help local restaurants safely reopen for outdoor dining. The latest step will prioritize investments and direct resources to businesses and communities hardest hit by COVID-19 and the economic crisis.
“Our small businesses are the backbones of our economic strength — and the second phase of L.A. Al Fresco will mean more local restaurants will be able to serve more customers in ways that keep everyone healthy and safe,” said Mayor Garcetti. “L.A. Al Fresco is focused on backing those bearing the brunt of COVID-19, giving Angelenos more places to safely gather and dine, supporting our workforce, and revitalizing the beating hearts of our communities.”
At the outset, L.A. Al Fresco started allowing restaurants to receive streamlined, no-fee temporary permits for outdoor dining on sidewalks and private parking lots. This next step will now include sidewalk vendors in this effort and enable businesses to repurpose parts of the street to include dining amenities.
More than half of all the resources and applications approved for the program will be earmarked for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) businesses or restaurants located in areas that have suffered the greatest job loss due to COVID-19 as indicated by the City Controller’s COVID-19 unemployment report.
"Small businesses contribute so much to the culture and economic vitality of South Los Angeles and our entire City," said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. "This program is a great step towards helping businesses that are struggling to survive this crisis adjust their operations and aesthetics to continue serving our communities."
The second phase of L.A. Al Fresco will provide 90-day permits to local restaurants and vendors, along with barricades, planters, and umbrellas for eligible businesses in newly permitted spaces. Participating businesses will also gain access to pro bono design services through one of three dozen architectural and landscape design firms to help them adapt their operations and aesthetics to these new outdoor dining areas. Design firms interested in participating can notify the Los Angeles chapters of the American Institute of Architects or American Society of Landscape Architects.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation and StreetsLA will be responsible for outreach efforts to both brick and mortar businesses and street vendors to provide them with key information and details on how to apply.
“As a city, we have a long way to go to repair broken policies that too often shut communities out," said LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. "L.A. Al Fresco is a step towards overcoming long-standing challenges and reversing disinvestment — but we are looking to community leaders and long-silenced voices to lead us as we strive to build thriving public spaces that invite economic vitality and social cohesion.”
Since launching the L.A. Al Fresco program two weeks ago, more than 560 businesses have received temporary outdoor dining permits. Businesses can apply online at coronavirus.lacity.org/
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