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As We Close Out Another Pandemic Year, Restaurant & Bar Owners Reflect On The State Of Their Industry

Published December 17, 2021 at 9:11 AM PST
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A waiter serves food to customers dining indoors at Langer's Deli in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 2021.

As We Close Out Another Pandemic Year, Restaurant & Bar Owners Reflect On The State Of Their Industry

Open Phones Restaurant Check In 12.17.21

2021 brought a new set of challenges to the restaurant industry: indoor dining returned, but COVID-19 protocols remain; a supply chain crunch made it hard to get supplies, and a labor shortage made it hard to get employees; now inflation is leading to a rise in prices. But customers keep coming, and 2021 saw the pandemic-induced takeout trendlinger. Today on AirTalk, we’re speaking with restaurant owners about the challenges facing their establishments, and the trends they see ahead for the restaurant industry in 2022. Larry is joined by chef and owner of Jar restaurant in Beverly Grove Suzanne Tracht, owner of The Wrigley Tavern in Long Beach Tommy Mofid, and chef & owner of Tirsa’s Mexican Cafe in downtown L.A. Tirsa Farah.

COVID-19 AMA: CDC Panel Says Pfizer, Moderna Shots Recommended Over J&J, Concerns Continue Over Winter Surge And More

COVID Update 12.17.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Cedars-Sinai Medical Group Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Catherine Le.

Topics today include:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be recommended over J&J, CDC panel says
  • COVID-19 hospitalizations jump in Southern California as Omicron alarms grow
  • L.A. County tightens rules for mega events as COVID case numbers rise
  • Regeneron and AstraZeneca give mixed results on potency of coronavirus antibody cocktails against omicron
  • Delta, Omicron cases could overwhelm hospitals within weeks
  • Center Theatre Group’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday was canceled over COVID-19 issues
  • Upcoming UCLA men’s basketball game on Saturday canceled over COVID-19 issues
  • CDC endorses schools’ coronavirus “test-to-stay” policies

FilmWeek: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ ‘The Novice,’ ‘The Lost Daughter,’ And More

FW Reviews 12.17.21

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Christy Lemire, Wade Major and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Wide Release
  • "The King’s Man,” Wide Release on December 21
  • "The Novice," The Landmark Nuart Theatre (West LA) & VOD (including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and VUDU)
  • "Nightmare Alley,” Wide Release
  • "The Lost Daughter," In select theaters including Laemmle’s Playhouse (Pasadena), The Landmark (West LA) & The Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz Theatre; Netflix on December 31
  • Sing 2,” Wide Release on December 22
  • Swan Song,” The Landmark Westwood; Apple TV+
  • The Tender Bar,” The Landmark (West LA); Expands to select Laemmle theaters on December 22; Amazon Prime Video on January 7
  • Cyrano,” The Landmark (West LA)
  • Nights of Cabiria,” Limited run 4K restoration and re-release at Laemmle’s Royal (West LA), Playhouse (Pasadena) & Town Center (Encino) until December 30

Maggie Gyllenhaal And Dakota Johnson On Bringing The Complicated Truths About Motherhood To Light In ‘The Lost Daughter’

FW Maggie Gyllenhaal & Dakota Johnson Interview 12.17.21

It’s FilmWeek on KPCC! So glad to have you with us. Earlier in the program, we heard about the new film “The Lost Daughter.” It follows Leda, a professor on sabbatical in Greece, played by Olivia Colman. Colman’s character quickly becomes drawn to a mother named Nina, played by Dakota Johnson. The story explores complicated truths about motherhood that are sometimes difficult for our society to accept and even understand. Maggie Gyllenhaal adapted Elena Ferrante’s novel in her feature directorial debut. KPCC/LAist’s John Horn spoke with both Gyllenhaal and Johnson about the film’s themes. It’s in select theaters and on Netflix starting Dec. 31. It’s rated R.

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