Rose Venice is closing its door for a while.
In a recent email, co-owner and chef Jason Neroni told patrons the restaurant will be taking a much needed break.
"Dear Venice Community and beyond, After tonight's service here at The Rose Venice, we will be taking a much-needed break. The current state of draconian measures imposed on restaurants by the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gov. Gavin Newsom have made it infeasible for us to continue to operate during these trying times. With that in mind, we have made the decision to take a hiatus for next few weeks to spend some time with our families and get some much-needed rest after the year we have had. We will also be polishing up The Rose for our return in 2021 when we hope to be free to host you as we always have for over 42 years."
Neroni also spoke out at Tuesday's VNC meeting during a vote to allow all restaurants in Los Angeles County to re-open outside dining under the same protocols" as film sets. He told board members that with the recent shutdown of outdoor dining, he was forced to lay off the remainder of his staff. That Board approval was nearly unanimous, with one abstention.
The County Board of Supervisors put a three week hold on outdoor dining for area restaurants on November 25. The ban was only supposed to last through December 17, but a state-imposed ban on outdoor dining moved the date to late December at the earliest. The state mandate to reopen includes ICU bed availability to be above 15 percent. On Thursday, bed availability hit 0 percent.
No word on when Rose Venice will reopen, but, when it does, Neroni said "The coffee will be hot, the veggies will be fresh, and the smiles (and hopefully hugs) will be long when we return. We appreciate you all for being there for us over the years and we look forward to seeing you on the other side in a new year."