Derf Batshon, manager at Baddeley’s Pourhouse near the remodeled wall they installed before the second order to close, due to the coronavirus pandemic began, in Long Beach on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Godmother’s Saloon has closed for the second time during the coronavirus pandemic in San Pedro on Monday, June 29, 2020. The addition of a food menu, however, could see the business re-opened again by mid-week. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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Derf Batshon, manager at Baddeley’s Pourhouse with the thermometer, sanitizer and plexiglass shield they were using before the second order to close, due to the coronavirus pandemic began, in Long Beach on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Baddeley’s Pourhouse is closed for the second time since the coronavirus pandemic began, in Long Beach on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Godmother’s Saloon has closed for the second time during the coronavirus pandemic in San Pedro on Monday, June 29, 2020. The owner, partnering with a neighboring restaurant to provide the required food menu, is hopeful it can reopen by mid-week, however. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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The Facebook posts by Baddeley’s Pourhouse in Long Beach say it all.

On Friday, June 19: “Grand Reopening, today!”

And on Monday, June 29: “We are closing again temporarily. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

It’s not easy to keep up these days.

After reopening only about a week earlier, Derf Batshon, bar manager at Baddeley’s at 3348 E. Broadway, found himself caught in a frantic reverse-course cycle as he tried to peddle back following the state and county order saying that bars not serving food must now re-close due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“It’s literally depressing and frustrating,” Batshon said, who included on his post that closing again was the “right thing to do” considering the latest stats.

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But still … heartbreaking.

“I’m trying to keep my owners happy and the crew happy,” he said in a telephone interview Monday. “I’m calling all the vendors and all my people to tell them ‘Let’s pause.’ I have to figure out the payroll.”

The abrupt turnaround announced Sunday had bar owners and local chamber of commerce officials alike in a tailspin the next morning.

“I think the people making these policies need to understand they just can’t be opening and reclining businesses,” said Tom Flavin, CEO of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. “Restaurants and bars operate on very slim margins.”

Sandy Marchioli said she’s among the lucky ones. She owns Godmother’s Saloon, an iconic, 50-plus-year-old waterfront-adjacent bar at 302 W. Seventh St. in downtown San Pedro where scenes from “This is Us,” “CSI” and “Dexter” have been filmed.

She’d already applied for a partnership with a restaurant across the street, Sebastian’s Mediterranean Cuisine, and is hopeful a menu will be in place allowing the bar to re-open — yet again — on Wednesday, July 1.

“It’s very upsetting,” she said of finally being able to open nine days ago but having to close again so soon.

She had to return 14 kegs …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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