Along Van Nuys Boulevard, business owners’ lives change dramatically after a year of COVID

Cristobal Rodriguez (right) and his cousin Joe Behar at their restaurant Ay Papa Que Rico on Van Nuys Boulevard. Photo by Benjamin Gottlieb.

The pandemic has altered streetscapes all across Southern California. In the San Fernando Valley, there is perhaps no better example of this than Van Nuys Boulevard. Brick and mortar stores have suffered the most, with “For Lease” signs visible on just about every block. KCRW speaks with business owners along a stretch of the boulevard.