A Los Angeles restaurant owner who went viral with her passionate complaint about the hypocrisy of COVID-19 restrictions on her outdoor dining while an NBC comedy was allowed to have a nearly identical setup for its cast and crew blasted officials Monday for blatantly ignoring their own rules.
“The double standard is outrageous,” Angela Marsden said in an interview on Fox Business’ “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.”
Marsden pointed to California Gov. Gavin Newsom dining maskless and indoors with lobbyists at the tony French Laundry restaurant — noting the money spent on the outing would have been a big help to a struggling small business like hers.
She also called out LA County supervisor Sheila Kuehl for eating outdoors at a Santa Monica restaurant, hours after she voted to ban outdoor dining.
“Do you know what that did to every bar and restaurant owner in town? And how angry, and how upset…,” Marsden said.
Marsden was forced to close her restaurant, Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill, including it’s outdoor dinning set up, over strict new restrictions imposed by Newsom.
She posted a video Thursday showing the near-identical — and legal — outdoor set up of a film catering site feeding the cast and crew of the NBC show “Good Girls.”
“Everything that I own is being taken away from me and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio,” Marsden says in the clip, her voice breaking with emotion.
Meanwhile, NBC News came under fire for a segment on Sunday that apparently cut the part of Marsden’s video showing the network’s TV show using the outdoor eating area under a city-issued permit.
In her interview Monday, she warned that the restrictions could have dire consequences for small business owners and their employees, pointing to poverty, depression and suicide.
Marsden also questioned how local leaders could shut down struggling businesses without offering a solution.
“What is going on that our leadership can shut our businesses, with two days’ notice, before the holidays, and not offer a solution to pay us to stay in our homes?”
In an interview with CNN, she blasted local authorities as “living in La-La land.”
“The politicians are out of touch. It’s unjustifiable, they’re living in La-La land,” Marsden told the outlet.
Having to let go of her staff because of the new rules was “unbearable.”
“To look at my staff given their last paycheck right before Christmas… it’s the most excruciating feeling,” Marsden said.
“But you try to be strong and you try to give hope. Because people need hope.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that his “heart goes out” to Marsden and her staff “who have to comply with state and county public health restrictions that close outdoor dining.”
“No one likes these restrictions, but I do support them as our hospital I.C.U. beds fill to capacity and cases have increased by 500%. We must stop this virus before it kills thousands of more Angelenos,” he said in a statement Sunday.
Asked about the mayor’s statement, Marsden dismissed it as “just words.”
“That doesn’t change the situation and the devastation that is about to hit this city,” she said on “Cavuto.”
“It is not just me in this boat.”
She pleaded with Garcetti to find a solution to help small businesses, “because that is what his job is.”
“We put people in office to figure out solutions for everybody,” Marsden said.