The Revolver Video Bar in West Hollywood is joining The Abbey Food & Bar in closing its hours of operation (for now) in an effort to keep the community safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
“With a very heavy heart our revolving door is going to stop spinning for now,” Chris Miller, the owner of Revolver Video Bar posted, on his facebook timeline this evening. “It makes me incredibly sad to not be a safe place to gather while the world is dealing with this uncertain situation, but we will be back soon. Much love to all our customers and to the incredible family that I get to work with every day.”
The announcement comes in the heels of news that California Governor Gavin Newsom is asking for the home isolation of all seniors and those who are health compromised in the state of California. Newsome called for the immediate shutdown of bars, nightclubs, brew pubs and wineries to help stop the spread of coronavirus, now considered a global pandemic. He also suggested all restaurants should reduce capacity by half and provide “deep ‘‘social distancing.” The call for shutdowns and reduction of services is not a mandated order.
David Cooley, the owner of The Abbey Food & Bar and The Chapel bar next door, announced that he was closing both bars this past Friday, due to COVID-19. Cooley is the first in West Hollywood to shut down the bars in WeHo.
“For 29 years, I have worked to make @TheAbbeyWeho @TheChapelWeho @WithinWeho [sic] a safe place for our community to come together in good times and bad,” Cooley posted on his social media outlets. “Never in almost three decades, did I think I would have to post a message like this. For the safety of our staff, guests and entire community, The Abbey will be closed temporarily.
Just saying those words breaks my heart. I spend every day at The Abbey. It is my life. I know this will hurt my staff, some of which have been with me for 29 years, my loyal guests who have made The Abbey part of their lives, and my community, who will no longer have The Abbey as a safe space to support each other during this crisis.
The situation with COVID-19 is changing quickly. I don’t know whether we will be closed for a few days, a few weeks or even longer. Until our public health officials can assure us that it is safe, we will remain closed.
I am saddened that it has come to this. If staying open caused the pandemic to spread more quickly, I would be inconsolable.
I know this crisis will pass. When it does, we will all celebrate together.”
“We will follow any state or county mandates,” Council member John Duran posted on his Facebook page in response to Governor Newsom’s suggestion of bar closures and the limitation of food services, “But our residents need to eat food. And not everyone can order in take out. And we cannot completely stop all community interaction without curfew and extraordinary police power that a small city cannot possibly enforce. We cannot order people to stay out of restaurants and then force everyone to assemble in grocery store lines to buy food. It’s counter productive.”
“Slow and steady. Weho has 36,000 people and 2,000 businesses. We will adjust as needed to make sure that we do what is needed to reduce new infections. But at the same time not cause mass panic that people cannot get food or water. The tap water is 100% safe still. Calm and steady,” He added.