With joy and anxiety, L.A. restaurant owners welcome news of eased restrictions

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Few people came to symbolize the frustration, fear and anger of restaurant owners to the ban on outdoor dining than Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks.

When Los Angeles County imposed the rules in the wake of a deadly spike in COVID-19 in November, she became world famous for a video she posted in which she tearfully described how the ban was upending her business and questioning the fairness of closing her down while catering services for a Hollywood shoot operated nearby.

“I’m losing everything. Everything I own is being taken away from me, and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio, which is right over here,” she said in the viral video. “And people wonder why I’m protesting and why I have had enough…. We cannot survive. My staff cannot survive.”

On Monday, Marsden was again fighting back tears — this time of joy and anxiety — as she talked about being able to reopen.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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