CRA-sponsored bill could save expanded outdoor dining

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Tue, Mar. 21, 2023


The mission of the California Restaurant Association is to be the definitive voice of the California foodservice industry.

A new California bill could save outdoor dining as we know it

A CRA-sponsored bill aims to extend the current, streamlined permitting processes for expanded outdoor dining areas, including the ability to serve alcoholic drinks on expanded restaurant patios. The bill was authored by Assembly member Jesse Gabriel, (D-Woodland Hills) and comes as multiple cities – including Los Angeles – are considering reverting to the unwieldy pre-pandemic rules that made it difficult and expensive to secure such permits.

Watch our 2-minute video about Assembly member Gabriel’s bill.

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News You Need to Know: CRA-sponsored bill would extend ability to serve alcohol on expanded patios

Without any action this year by the state legislature, your low-cost, no red-tape ability to serve alcoholic drinks in your expanded outdoor dining area will end next February. That’s because the relief we fought for during the pandemic was temporary. Now, we are reintroducing this conversation in the legislature through a new bill, AB 1217, authored by Assembly member Jesse Gabriel, (D-Woodland Hills). The bill would extend the time period that this relief is available to restaurants, so that you can keep serving your guests fully in expanded outdoor spaces.

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San Diego High School Hospitality Conference brought together 450 students and industry professionals

The annual event is designed for students who are currently enrolled in hospitality and culinary programs. Students from 12 high schools explored various career paths and interacted with top industry professionals during tours of hotels and restaurants.

Special thanks to San Diego Gas & Electric as none of this could be accomplished without their generous support! And, a big thank you to our members for taking part in the event!

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