Imagine going to your business to hand out last checks for your employees and then seeing a different business doing exactly what you’re not allowed to do a few feet away. That’s what happened here.
Angela Marsden is the owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill in Sherman Oaks, California. She was devastated when she went to her locked up business to deliver paychecks to employees and saw a movie production company setting up a massive outdoor canteen just a few feet from her now-closed outdoor dining area.
Marsden has owned the restaurant for 10 years. She says she spent around $80,000 setting up an outdoor dining area and making changes to meet L.A. County’s health requirements, but she’s run out of loan money and can’t afford to offer takeout, so for now, she’s closing.
Marsden says she went to the restaurant to pay her staff and was in shock when she saw the production tents.
“The day they come to get their last paycheck, you punch me in the face and say that this is dangerous. Right here is dangerous. But just walk over there and eat,” Marsden told Eyewitness News.
Source: ABC 7 News
Here is Marsden’s video that went viral:
Bar owner in Los Angeles CA is livid to see that mayor Garcetti has approved an outdoor dining area for a movie company directly across from her outdoor dining area (which was shut down) pic.twitter.com/jkUP2CWg35
— Jake Coco 💙🇺🇸🎶🐻 (@jakecoco) December 4, 2020
Los Angeles County has shut down outdoor dining despite the monumental effort and tens of thousands of dollars spent by restaurants working to keep their businesses open. There is also no evidence that outdoor dining contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
CBS L.A. explains that it’s because video and production work has been deemed “essential” while local restaurants… eh, not so much.
Under the county’s guidelines, video and music production is deemed essential. Many production crews also test employees frequently, while under the recent Los Angeles County health order, restaurants like Marsden’s were forced to shut down their outdoor dining.
Of course, production companies in L.A. would be considered “essential” because Hollywood saves lives, right? Or is it because the wokescolds in Tinseltown bring joy to our sad, pathetic little lives? Give me a freaking break! I’m so tired of these people who are fine with rules imposed on the plebs while they carry on as though there is no pandemic.
Marsden made a snarky comment about the outdoor dining areas just a few feet apart.
“You can’t eat here, but you can walk in the same parking lot 15 feet and you can eat alfresco on a movie set because I guess COVID doesn’t go there right,” Marsden said.
Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill has been a Sherman Oaks staple for more than 40 years, and due to the strain of the pandemic, could be on the brink of shutting down for good.
“If I’m not open by February, I will no longer be here,” Marsden said. “My restaurant can’t open for to-go, what little money we have I have to try to hold on to for the hopes that we’ll get to go to outdoor dining again, which is why I’m fighting so hard to get it open again.”
Source: CBS L.A.
These lockdowns aren’t actually helping to eliminate the virus — they just seem to delay the spread. We should have learned that by now, it’s been nearly a year, and the virus is still spreading.
Perhaps it’s time to rethink how we’re doing things, no?
Marsden spoke with ABC 7 News after her emotional video went viral and explained what she was feeling at the time.
Another video was posted on Twitter about the reason that Marsden and other restaurants with outdoor dining are protesting.
Extremely sad statement from Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks, CA:
“Pineapple Hill is closing after today for at least 3 weeks. We’re doing what we can to try to re-open safely, but To Go orders are just not enough to keep the lights on, in the mean time.” pic.twitter.com/UoogmUu8V0
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) December 5, 2020
That makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it?
A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up for the Pineapple Hill Saloon. At the time of writing, the fundraiser has raised almost $40,000 for the restaurant.
A post on the Pineapple Hill Saloon’s Twitter account expressed gratitude for the support.
Wow! We are deeply humbled by the outpouring of love we have received from our community. We definitely did not expect this reaction. We cannot not stay afloat with just to-go orders, so we are closed until we can open again, but keep posted! Much love! pic.twitter.com/XZexOi63tC
— Pineapple Hill (@phsaloon) December 5, 2020
To all those fighting the irrational, tyrannical lockdown orders of the Cali Democrats… Good luck and Godspeed!
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