Some LA restaurants struggle to hire staff and get out of financial hole

A.O.C. in Brentwood is only open six nights a week, and brunch and lunch hours are not currently possible, says owner Caroline Styne. Photo by Amy Neunsinger.

Nearly a third of California’s restaurants went out of business and 1 million jobs were lost since the beginning of the pandemic. Now restaurants are struggling to rehire wait and kitchen staff. There are also ingredient shortages and new safety measures like QR-code menus and cashless policies.