Keeping the Lights On for Local Restaurants During COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic posing a potentially severe threat to economies around the globe, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas continued to encourage supporting local restaurant businesses for delivery and takeout.

“There is tremendous stress in the environment, and yet we have to do all that we can do to support each other,” the Supervisor said while picking up lunch at Highly Likely, a local Cafe in West Adams continuing to dish up delicious food, coffee, and tea during turbulent times.

“Here at Highly Likely, I’ve tried to create a menu that feels familiar yet exciting,” said Highly Likely Partner and Chef Kat Turner. “Your going to find your typical cafe comfort food with a global twist.”

Turner, whose favorite dish is the fried fish sandwich, created the cafe’s easy breakfast and lunch menu, which includes a grass-fed burger, Japanese breakfast bowl, seasonal soups and salads, burritos, and sandwiches.

In addition to Highly Likely, the Supervisor visited Hot & Cool Cafe in Leimert Park, Oaxacan restaurant Guelaguetza in Koreatown, and Arado Restaurant also in Koreatown all during the same week.

“This is a family-run restaurant and we’ve been here for 25 years,” said Sam Kim, the owner of Arado Restaurant in Koreatown which opened in 1995.

“The hardest part of this whole situation is the impact it is having on the workers,” said Guelaguetza Co-Owner Fernando Lopez, Jr. whose parents first opened the doors in 1994. “We unfortunately can’t afford to keep everyone employed.”

“We could close,” said Hot And Cool Cafe Co-Owner Anthony Jolly. “But we decided to stay open. And you can come here and get normalcy.”

“These are tough times for all of us, but they are particularly tough times for our small businesses which truly need our support,” the Supervisor said.  “If we can support our local restaurants, our communities will be healthier.”

“Right now, it’s incredibly important for us to stay open to support our community for fresh delivery and takeout  as well as supporting our team who need an income,” Turner said. “I feel fortunate that we are able to stay open right now. It is a real gift to be supported by the community in this way.”