Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Food

LA's New Outdoor Dining Rules Could Become Permanent

5f46ea8a41679400084bfa54-eight.jpg
A new outdoor dining area on Washington Blvd. in Culver City in July. (Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images)
LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today during our fall member drive.

Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily newsletters. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu has introduced a motion to make temporary outdoor dining rules introduced during the coronavirus pandemic a permanent fixture on the city's streets -- and sidewalks -- and parking spots.

In late May, the city launched L.A. Al Fresco, an initiative that allows restaurants to turn public spaces such as sidewalks, parking lots and driving lanes into outdoor dining areas. Once restaurants apply and are approved for the program, they receive planters, barricades and umbrellas they can use in their new outdoor dining spaces.

Nearly 1,600 restaurants are participating in L.A. Al Fresco and last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that all permits issued as part of the initiative would be extended through 2020.

Support for LAist comes from
5f46ea89605cf40008021084-eight.jpg
(Courtesy L.A. Department of Transportation)

Ryu, who reps District 4 (which includes Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Koreatown, Miracle Mile, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and Toluca Lake), wants to take the program one step further.

He wants the city's Department of Transportation and the Bureau of Engineering (along with several other city departments) to report back on the feasibility of developing a permanent Al Fresco program, one that "allows for a streamlined outdoor dining permit process, including but not limited to a potential program structure, eligibility criteria, safety and infrastructure requirements, and a plan that would enable interested businesses to opt-in to the permit program."

Such a move could require changes to state and county codes, so Ryu also wants the report to look into those issues.

It's early days yet, so we'll see how this plays out.

Support for LAist comes from

🚨NEW SERIES ALERT! LAist's How To (New) L.A. is a collection of step-by-step guides and practical information for navigating your life in Los Angeles. Up is down. Day is night. High is low. Left is mustard. This is L.A. right now. Here's how to live in it.

• SAFETY Is It Safe Out There?
• GOING PLACES What's Open & All The Rules
• WORK Getting Your Unemployment Money
• QUARANTINE/ISOLATION What To Do If You're Sick -- Or Might Be
• MASKS Confronting The Maskless (c/o An FBI Hostage Negotiator)
• MENTAL HEALTH Finding Mental Health Support
• CHEAT SHEET Top 5 Things To Know
• LAW ENFORCEMENT The Scope Of LA's Police
• RESTAURANTS Delivery Tips That Help LA Restaurants
• CIVIL RIGHTS The City's New Civil Rights Department
• ELECTION How Voting Works Now
• THEME PARKS Adventuring Without Leaving Your Couch
• KITCHEN Cook Like These LA Chefs

AND MORE.