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SoCal Restaurant Owner Mocks Gov. Newsom in Hot Take Over ‘French Laundry’ Dining

SoCal Restaurant Owner Mocks Gov. Newsom in Hot Take Over ‘French Laundry’ Dining

While Newsom feasts with lobbyists and friends, rule-following restaurant owners are tired of the pandemic theater, especially when restaurants have been linked to less than 4% of outbreaks.

Legal Insurrection readers may recall that California Gov. Gavin Newsom was forced to apologize after a news report surfaced that he attended a fancy dinner party honoring a top political adviser, which occurred as the governor discouraged households gathering together for their own parties during the upcoming holiday season.

The restaurant was the very chic “French Laundry,” where one of my favorite treats (pierogi) goes for $310 a serving, and prices go north steadily from there.

Fed up with the blatant hypocrisy of our new aristocracy, a restaurant owner mocked Newsom by unfurling a “French Laundry” banner above his restaurant.

Alex Jordan, the owner of Eat at Joe’s Restaurant in Redondo Beach, jabbed at Newsom by hanging a “French Laundry” banner outside his business. The governor was forced to apologize earlier this month after he was photographed dining at the luxury restaurant with a large group, in violation of his own guidelines.

“The governor went to that party at the French Laundry and didn’t social distance, didn’t do anything and just rubbed it in our faces,” Jordan said in an interview with FOX Business. “The hypocrisy of it annoyed me so I put the sign up as like, hey, if it’s OK for you to go to the French Laundry, then my customers can come in. That’s all it was. Just a straight on dig at the governor.”

Redondo Beach diner Eat at Joe’s is continuing to serve customers outdoors despite Los Angeles County shutting down indoor and outdoor dining. And while Newsom’s orders did not end outdoor dining directly, Jordan is expressing the frustration of millions of Californians who are facing the holiday season either unemployed or underemployed and perhaps being forced to be separated from loved ones.

Jordan told KTLA no one has ordered him to stop serving customers since the ban took effect, and said he has been following all guidelines for serving customers including spacing out tables and requiring employees to wear masks.

“COVID is a terrible thing. There is no argument there,” Jordan told KTLA. “But I’m not sure that picking on restaurants to such a degree is the answer. It hasn’t been proven through any medical numbers that eating outside is causing this. So why do they have to close us down? We are following all the rules to a T, and still they want to close us down.”

He stated that he’s defying the orders specifically because his employees need the money ahead of the holiday season.

Los Angeles area restaurant owners target their ire on Mayor Eric Garcetti, despite the restrictions being a county rather than a city order.

Some restaurant owners say they are frustrated with what they contend is Garcetti’s inconsistent messaging on restaurants and the virus.

The owners of Beverly Grove restaurant AOC urged their social media followers to contact the mayor last week after the ban passed. In an interview, co-owner Caroline Styne pointed to comments the mayor made in an interview with KNBC-TV Channel 4 that aired two weeks ago in which he suggested that outdoor dining wasn’t contributing to the spread of the virus.

“I would like the mayor to actually support restaurants,” Styne said. “And say, ‘I don’t believe the spread is coming from restaurants.’”

However, California’s elite bureaucrats bitterly cling to the restrictions… even though less than 4% of outbreaks can be connected to restaurants in Los Angeles County.


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Keep voting blue

Elections have consequences, I mean real elections

Now they just steal them and flaunt it in our faces

I hope their paperwork is in order and their kitchen is spotless because a ‘surprise’ inspection is coming soon…

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to markymark. | December 1, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Which won’t make any difference whatsoever. If the democrat leadership determine that this restaurant should be closed down they will find something, anything, to shut them down. Guaranteed.

Political advice = essential work

(in big government corruptocrat land)

The Friendly Grizzly | December 1, 2020 at 12:50 pm

But, but…! If closing thousands of restaurants can save ONE life…!


    Yes, by all means, destroy dozens of lives in order to save one.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Ironclaw. | December 2, 2020 at 6:25 am

      This sort of thing follows the same logic of all the warning labels all over everything.

      One cannot buy a common household extension cord without warning labels zip-tied to them. Even a little clamp-on LED work lamp I have has two tags with all manner of warnings and cautions on.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 1, 2020 at 1:44 pm

L.A. Board of Supervisors Sheila Kuehl Dines Out at Il Forno Trattoria After Voting to Ban Outdoor Dining

From that, now removed, Johns Hopkins study …

“All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

In an interview with The News-Letter, Briand addressed the question
of whether COVID-19 deaths can be called misleading since the infection
might have exacerbated and even led to deaths by other underlying

“If [the COVID-19 death toll] was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased COVID-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn’t give us a choice but to point to some misclassification,” Briand replied.

In other words, the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the U.S. is considered problematic only when it increases the total number of deaths or the true death burden by a significant amount in addition to the expected deaths by other causes. Since the crude number of total deaths by all causes before and after COVID-19 has stayed the same, one can hardly say, in Briand’s view, that COVID-19 deaths are concerning.