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LA County Settles With Restaurant That Ignored Outdoor Dining Ban During Lockdown

Eater logo Eater 10/26/2021 Mona Holmes
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Los Angeles County has settled a lawsuit with an Agoura Hills restaurant this week, ending a months-long battle over outdoor dining and restaurant shutdowns during the pandemic. Last December, health inspectors found people dining on Cronies’ patio when in-house dining was temporarily eliminated during Southern California’s COVID-19 winter surge. As part of the settlement, Cronies Sports Grill must pay $10,000 in abatement costs, plus potential further penalties.

According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, Cronies ownership also has $25,000 in suspended civil penalties, payable if the company violates the terms of its settlement with the county. The Cronies injunction also prohibits the business from “engaging in, conducting, managing or carrying on the operation of the restaurant or other dining establishment without a public health permit” in violation of the Los Angeles County Code, and ends in 18 months if Cronies fully complies.

According to the filing, the troubles first began on December 2, 2020 after the health inspector noticed 18 to 22 people eating on the outdoor patio, in violation of the local public health order banning on-site dining. The event has shades of Tinhorn Flats out of Burbank, the country and Western bar that loudly defied public health orders over the course of several months, leading to arrests, protests, and the forced closure of the business.

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