With the restrictions and precautions of COVID-19 increasing the demand for more outdoor dining, restaurateurs are getting very creative. At Mozza and Chi Spacca in Hancock Park, an area previously used for employee parking has been converted into a “Piazza Mozza” with the help of red market umbrellas, a vibrant checkerboard pattern on asphalt, Edison fairy lights, and plywood walls during the protests for Racial justice was originally entered into the restaurant.

“I want the guests to feel like I'm walking into the piazza of my favorite Umbria town,” says cook Nancy Silverton of the renovation, which took about two weeks and cost almost $ 8,000.

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In Akasha in Culver City, large olive trees in pots, fairy lights, music via a Bluetooth speaker and an overhead grille create an ambience on asphalt. "It's very rustic chic," says Chef Akasha Richmond. The stylish outdoor space didn't come cheap: Richmond says she spent about $ 5,500 on it – “way more than I wanted. . . but people really like it. "

At Silver Lake at Bar Restaurants Exterior Conversion – Bar Restaurant Valet Parking – potted plants are also vital to the aesthetics and wellbeing of guests.

“We set tables 8 to 10 feet away and put olive trees between the tables so that customers would have an extra layer of privacy while they were eating,” explains General Manager Pierluc Dallaire.

Republique terrace

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The chefs at République, Walter and Margarita Manzke, went so far as to renovate part of their parking lot so that it appears to have trendy concrete floors. It "mimics the feel of our historic atrium and dining room," says Walter about the outdoor area with 25 tables.

The owners of Dear Johns in Culver City have taken more drastic measures to transfer design elements from the interior to the new parking lot terrace. The retro bar and restaurant commissioned Venetian artist Gary Palmer to recreate three panels of the dark walls of the clubby dining room, hung with an eclectic selection of paintings from the 1950s and 1960s.

"We literally brought out the inside," says co-owner Patti Rockenwagner. “Everyone goes through so many changes and uncertainties. They are comforted by a little familiar. "

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