A West Hollywood restaurant that opened in March 2020, just as the pandemic shutdown began, is suing the city and county of Los Angeles over its forced closure. According to court documents, the restaurant previously received approval from health regulators for its “outdoor dining experience.”
In response, L.A. County’s health department released the following statement to KTLA on Tuesday afternoon:
“The Department of Public Health has not issued any closure order to the Classic Cat. On February 2, 2021, the Department of Public Health issued a public health permit to The Classic Cat restaurant. This permit allows The Classic Cat, like all other restaurants, to operate in a manner that is in compliance with the current Health Officer Order and Appendix I, Protocol for Restaurants, Breweries and Wineries. The Classic Cat can operate both for outdoor dining or to-go. The Classic Cat restaurant’s remodeled dining room is an enclosed room with a retractable roof, which does not meet the State Department of Public Health’s definition of what is considered an outdoor dining activity. ”
Christina Pascucci and Wendy Burch report for the KTLA 5 News on March 2, 2021.