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On Bravo's Top Chef's moving Thursday, March 26, episode, the contestants explored Los Angeles using beloved late restaurant critic Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants of Los Angeles, the last list he published before his passing. After their day of visiting a variety of restaurants from the list, the chefs prepared for their elimination challenge to create a dish inspired by their visits at the eateries.
Now, as the worldwide restaurant industry has been devastated amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this is how many of the restaurants featured on the episode have been impacted by the global health crisis:
Jitlada is currently offering customers its southern Thai cuisine menu via takeout. Additionally, it's offering free delivery for those ordering within a five-mile radius.
Those looking to support the restaurant now or dine in at a later date can purchase a gift card here.
Republique is serving an assortment of pastries and other favorites from its breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to lunch and dinner packages for pre-order on TOCK, delivery of their menu, which changes daily, is available via Postmates, GrubHub, and Caviar. Those looking to purchase bottles of wine, top-quality produce from local farmers markets, and a variety of pantry essentials can also head to the French restaurant to browse the selection it's offering.
"Before you make a trek to the big grocery stores, stop by and see if there’s anything we have that you might need!" the restaurant shared in a post to its Instagram page. "We would hate for all of this goodness to go to waste and you’ll be supporting a small business!" Additionally, they are selling gift cards here.
To visit Republique's website for more information, click here.
Shunji is offering takeout orders of its Japanese cuisine in the form of bento boxes, available in limited quantities each day. "Team Shunji is working hard to see your smile," read a caption on a recent Instagram post. "Thank you so much for your continuous support!And also, we really appreciate the fish companies continuing the business for us
To visit Shunji's website for more information, click here.
Mayura is offering its Indian cuisine through pick-up orders or delivery orders via DoorDash and GrubHub. Additionally, there are gift certificates available for purchase via its website. In a post on its official Instagram page, the restaurant stated: "We would appreciate if everyone who could support us and other local businesses through these hard times."
For more information and to purchase a gift certificate, click here.
Guerrilla Tacos is serving take-out kit orders, including emergency nachos, emergency cold brew and a variety of emergency taco kits. Additionally, for a limited time, emergency margarita kits will also be available for purchase.
For more information or to place an order, click here.
Mariscos Jalisco is open for takeout. "Taking all the precautions and practicing social distancing Mariscos Jalisco is open and taking To Go Orders ONLY," read a statement on Instagram. "Thanks to our beloved customers that support us in this uncertain times."
For more information on locations and hours of operation, head to its Instagram page here.
Manuela is offering a nightly supper for two package in addition to nightly specials, both available for curbside pickup and delivery through Caviar. Additionally, grocery staples, wine, and batched cocktails are available for pickup. "It’s no secret that our team is our family, so we are continuing all staff medical benefits and are safely providing meals to staff daily as needed," the restaurant stated in an Instagram post. "Even if they are not on the clock."
To visit Manuela's website for more information, click here.
LASA is temporarily closed. "We humbly ask for your support. To be mandated to reduce our operations and temporarily close up shop pains us — and might end us," the Filipino- inspired restaurant stated in an Instagram post. "Delivery & to-go is not the realistic remedy for many restaurants. So, we [were] forced to let go of some incredible people in our lives." The post shared information about a GoFundMe, from which "proceeds will go directly to the support and wages of our staff."
To donate to LASA's GoFundMe, click here.
Rossoblu is temporarily suspending services. In a post on the Italian eatery's Instagram page, there is a plea to Governor Gavin Newsom to advocate for a number of items to support the industry, including "abatement of rent and mortgage payments (with incentives if necessary) for all restaurants and landlords, respectively, of restaurants starting in April until the mandate is lifted;" "abatement of sales tax in Q1 and Q;" "tax credits made available to employers who still provide and pay for employee health insurance;" "a call for payment processors to waive merchant fees in Q2;" and to "pay unemployment to all restaurant employees 100% of their average wages over two quarters." (To see the full list, click here.)
"For anyone who wants to help have our message heard, please post this to your social media and share with your friends and local leaders," reads the caption on the post. "So that we can get the much needed assistance we need."
To view and share the post, click here.
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