PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Permanent Outdoor Dining Motion

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to establish a permanent version of “LA Al Fresco,” a program launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic to allow restaurants more outdoor seating, by expanding into parking lots, sidewalks, and other areas. Councilmember Ryu introduced legislation in May seeking outdoor, sidewalk, and parking lot dining before the Mayor announced the LA Al Fresco program.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

August 25, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Councilmember Ryu Introduces Permanent Outdoor Dining Motion

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu introduced a motion today to establish a permanent version of “LA Al Fresco,” a program launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic to allow restaurants more outdoor seating, by expanding into parking lots, sidewalks, and other areas. Councilmember Ryu introduced legislation in May seeking outdoor, sidewalk, and parking lot dining before the Mayor announced the LA Al Fresco program.

“LA Al Fresco has been a lifeline to our local restaurants,” Councilmember Ryu said. “It’s a resource that should be permanent in the City of Los Angeles. We need more programs that cut through red tape to support local businesses and give communities a new sense of vibrancy. I commend the Mayor for creating LA Al Fresco, and I think it should be here to stay.”

LA Al Fresco, launched on May 29th of this year, allows restaurants to set up safe and socially-distanced dining tables on sidewalks, parking lots, street parking, and lane closures. Currently, 1,586 Los Angeles restaurants are participating in the program, which Mayor Garcetti recently extended to the end of 2020. Restaurants can apply and receive approval in as little as one day. In its most recent phase, LA Al Fresco will dedicate 55% of program resources to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) businesses or located in areas that have experienced disproportionate job loss due to COVID-19.

Councilmember Ryu’s motion seeks a “permanent Al Fresco program that allows a streamlined outdoor dining permitting process” for interested restaurants. Councilmember Ryu also introduced legislation to establish a local wage-replacement program earlier this month.

Read the motion here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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