Sherman Oaks restaurant owner shares frustration with LA County dining ban in emotional video
Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill, posted a video on social media after seeing production tents and tables set up in a parking lot a few feet from the outdoor dining area that she is not allowed use.
People involved in the television production were seen dining in the tents.
“Everything I own is taken away from me and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio,” Marsden explains in the video.
“They didn’t give us any money and they shut us down. We can’t survive. My staff can’t survive,” she also said.
Marsden has owned the restaurant for 10 years. She says she spent around $ 80,000 to set up an outdoor dining area and make modifications to meet LA County health requirements, but she’s out of money to lend and can’t afford to offer take-out, so for now, she’s closing.
Marsden says she went to the restaurant to pay her staff and was in shock when she saw the production tents.
“The day they come to get their last paycheck, you hit me in the face and say it’s dangerous. Here, it’s dangerous. But you just have to walk there and eat,” Marsden told Eyewitness News.
Marsden and other small business owners are doing placards, preparing to protest at the home of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Marsden says she hopes to reopen her business, but is unsure how she will survive without financial help.
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