Wednesday, April 01, 2020

News Elsewhere: Los Angeles Restaurants Given Approval to Sell Grocery Items

One of the largest cities in America is allowing restaurants to do something rather creative to help them stay in business as the coronavirus crisis continues.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is letting restaurants sell grocery items, with dining spots offering such items as produce, milk,  meats, flour, grains, canned goods, prepared foods, and more while also being allowed to do the usual takeout, pickup, and delivery that many of the country's restaurants are currently offering. There has been some confusion as to whether this could actually be done without grocery permits, though the rules have been relaxed a bit with suggested guidelines including listing grocery items on menus and not setting up popup-style markets within dining rooms, as the dining areas are supposed to be shut down to the public.

It is not known if this type of model might end up being looked at by Boston or other cities, or if it would even be allowed, for that matter.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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