The Serving Spoon sent out an SOS that they were close to permanently closing as a result of outdoor dining being banned under new stay at home orders by Governor Gavin Newsom. The restaurant is a staple of the Inglewood community having been open for 37 years and is Black owned. Two weeks after receiving donations, the eatery posted they are temporarily closed until January 4, 2021.
Fearing the 37-year-old family business might not make it past the New Year, Angela Johnson started a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising enough money to pay the remaining staff and bills — including increased food supply bills and rent.
“In this situation now, it’s not pride of not asking, but it has been more so of knowing that there’s so many other people that are hurting,” J.C. said. “How do you reach out to ask from help from other people who are hurting?”
The Johnson’s raised over $100,000 through donations and received $50,000 from LA Rams player Andrew Whitworth and his wife Melissa.
On December 19 the restaurant posted they are temporarily closed due to an “outbreak” of COVID-19 amongst their staff.
“We have 3 possible cases and 2 confirmed and we want to be responsible and safe,” said Johnson in a social media post. “We will be paying our staff during this time of quarantine.”
LA County Department of Public Health lists businesses who have a minimum of three reported cases of COVID-19 to alert the public about possible outbreaks. The Serving Spoon isn’t listed.
“Are they on vacation with our money?” said an Inglewood resident who wished to remain anonymous.