Los Angeles restaurant owner upset over shutdown order

Posted at 10:55 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 18:29:25-05

LOS ANGELES (KERO) — The video of a Southern California restaurant owner has gone viral after she expressed her anger and frustration over Los Angeles County's outdoor dining ban.

The owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill, Angela Marsden, posted a video on social media after she saw production tents and tables set up in a parking lot just a few feet from the outdoor dining area she's not allowed to use. People involved in television production were seen dining under the tents.

Marsden has owned the restaurant for 10 years. She said she spent around $80,000 to set up an outdoor dining area and making changes to meet LCA County's health requirements but she's run out of loan money and has to close for now.

"If I'm not open by February, then I will no longer be here. My restaurant cannot open for to-go. What little money we have, I have to try to hold on to for the hopes to reopen for outdoor dining. Which is why I'm fighting so hard.

Marsden said she hopes to reopen her business but she is not sure how it will survive without financial assistance.


Meanwhile, restaurant owner Brenda Luntey shrugs off the new stay-at-home orders California has announced to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases. She is keeping her restaurant in rural Shasta County open, despite orders to shut indoor dining.

Hers is one of several rural California counties that appeared to dodge the virus in the spring but are now seeing some of the most alarming spikes in COVID-19 infections statewide.

Each day brings dire new records in hospitalizations and deaths. But outside California’s big cities, the backlash against tough new restrictions is growing, especially in conservative areas.

The Associated Press Contributed to This Report