A city official said that just 10 of the 30 businesses currently operating a parklet on Second Street in Belmont Shore have indicated they might pursue a permanent structure.
California moved Friday to extend the sale of cocktails-to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets.
The extension would also extend to businesses using parking lots for outdoor dining. The council’s previous extension of the program was set to expire at the start of October.
Lola’s owners are among the first to take advantage of a city program to turn pandemic-inspired temporary parklets into permanent outdoor-dining fixtures.
As part of Tuesday’s decision, the businesses that apply for permanent parklets will have to go through a permitting process and adhere to guidelines established by the city.
The City Council is expected to consider both a permanent and temporary extension option for individual restaurant patios across the city.
The owner disputes whether the New Year’s Eve event is a party but says it will go on as planned.
Two Long Beach councilwomen are urging the city’s health department to be more independent from Los Angles County’s when it sets COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor dinning and other businesses.
The session would come almost two weeks into the new restrictions, which have already sparked a lawsuit this week and caused outrage among restaurant owners and members of the public.