Beverly Hills Italian restaurant La Scala has come under fire for promoting a ‘speakeasy’ style indoor dining experience that would violate coronavirus security measures.
City officials denounced the restaurant after patrons received slips of paper in their takeout orders announcing New Years Eve. Beverly Hills officials contacted the restaurant directly because its advertised “speakeasy” would violate protocols of the city’s coronavirus security system.
“We understand this is an extremely difficult time for all of our businesses, but County Order currently prohibits indoor and outdoor dining, including in the city of Beverly Hills,” said Keith Sterling, manager. of Beverly Hills Public Information.
The Beverly Hills Police Department is also aware of the restaurant’s plans.
The invitations to La Scala, which were sent as Los Angeles County continues to see a drastic increase in new Covid-19 cases, related deaths and hospitalizations, liken the coronavirus pandemic to the prohibition of the 1920s.
“We are considering making reservations for the New Years Eve dinner. Inside, ”reads the low-key invitation. “If this is something you are interested in, please let us know as soon as possible. If you are interested, we will get back to you to secure a reservation. “
To keep its tone of secrecy and subtle rebellion, the invitation to La Scala ends with “please keep this low-key, but tell all your friends.”
Merry Christmas to everyone! La Scala’s Beverly Hills location tucks those indoor New Years Eve dinner invitations in their take-out bags: “Please keep this low-key, but tell all your friends.” 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/hu4cJGYxce
– Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) December 25, 2020
City News Service contributed to this report.