Famed Hollywood restaurant Musso & Frank Grill will remain closed through the holiday season.
Citing concerns about rising COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area, restaurant owners announced the decision Thursday in a letter to patrons. Owner Mark Echeverria cited the “explosive rate of spread'' of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
“As a result, the owners and management of The Musso & Frank Grill feel that, in the best interest of safety for our guests, the community and our team, the responsible course of action for us right now is to pause all operations.''
New COVID cases doubled in Los Angeles County from Tuesday to Wednesday. A similar spike was not see in hospitalizations and deaths.
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He said the legendary Hollywood Boulevard restaurant will stay closed through the holidays.
“We truly hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you all in just a few short weeks,'' he wrote.
The restaurant, founded in 1919, closed for more than a year during the height of pandemic in 2020-21. It reopened in May. Owners said that during the closure, loyal customers donated more than $100,000 to help pay living expenses for workers who were left out of work due to the shutdown.
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