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What It’s Like to Open a Restaurant in the Middle of a Pandemic

Updated: May 20, 2020


Interstellar was recently featured in Thrillist describing the process of opening a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic.

When first-time restaurateurs Angie and Daniel Kim signed a lease for commercial space just off Santa Monica’s waterfront Ocean Avenue in late 2018, they hoped they’d have their new restaurant –a full-service cafe focused on specialty coffee and globally inspired fare – up and running by mid-2019. But they were, after all, attempting to open in Los Angeles, and, more specifically, Santa Monica, a land of red tape and frustratingly slow-goings when it comes to permits, inspections, and sign-offs. Throw construction delays into the mix, and their grand opening got pushed out multiple times, eventually landing on March 21, 2020. Delayed openings are far from unusual in the restaurant world. But what happened next would be beyond unusual.


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