Michelin awarded French Laundry three stars, the highest food and ribs, and Anthony Bourdain considered it “the best restaurant in the world”. But Thomas Keller’s two-story restaurant has gained a new reputation: it’s the place where California politicians go to violate their own coronavirus policies.
London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, is on fire after it turns out he attended a birthday party at the Napa Valley restaurant, just one night after Governor Gavin Newsom did the same.
Breed’s eight-person party met on Nov. 7 at the famous restaurant to celebrate the birthday of Gorretti Lo Lui, a local socialist whose husband, Lawrence Lui, is the hotel’s chief developer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Indoor meals were allowed in Napa County at the time, the Chronicle writes, although country-wide guidelines have deterred gatherings with members of more than three households.
“Breed’s dinner at a rich restaurant – amid an economic disaster that shut down countless small businesses and stretched lines to local lengths at local food banks – may not have technically broken the rules, but it didn’t look great,” wrote the columnist. Heather Knight, who broke the story.
French Laundry offers a variety of dining experiences, including an outdoor tasting menu for $ 350 per person, indoor dining for $ 450 per person, or a white truffle and caviar dinner for $ 1,200 per person.
In California, 7,415 Covid-19 hospitalizations were registered on Sunday, more than since the pandemic began. Like the rest of the country, the state is preparing for a post-Thanksgiving ups and downs in the cases.
On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom warned the Northern California ICUs by the beginning of December, it will reach capacity, and the entire state will run out of free ICU beds by mid-December.
San Francisco officials announced Tuesday that they are considering stricter restrictions on businesses and private meetings as cases continue to increase, including further restrictions on outdoor dining and reduced capacity at gyms and local businesses.
Variety warned that the number of cases in the city had increased significantly and acknowledged that the restrictions were severe for many residents, including him.
Yet California’s political leaders are frustratedly accustomed to destroying the public health policies that are expected of the public.
Newsom faced criticism after it was revealed that he and 11 other guests celebrated the birthday of a lobbyist, Jason Kinney, in early November at a French laundromat. Finally, he apologized, saying, “I have to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice.”
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo apologized earlier on Tuesday for attending a Thanksgiving dinner with family members from five households – more than state regulations allowed.
Variety did not respond immediately to the request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.