Cantalini’s creates new outdoor seating area for guests

Playa del Rey’s Cantalini’s Salerno Beach recently increased their outdoor seating space, thanks to a new industrial-style patio created from a shipping container. The new area has allowed the restaurant to increase their table count from nine to 19, a huge help for the restaurant which, like many local eateries, has been hit hard by the pandemic.

For owner Lisa Schwab, the key word for 2020 has been adaptability, as restaurateurs have had to be creative and flexible to be able to navigate the ever-changing service rules and health protocols.

“The pandemic has been very challenging for everyone and has certainly been devastating to the entire small business community. We have worked really hard to ensure safety for our guests and staff members and are so grateful to our loyal customers for supporting us by ordering takeout and delivery,” said Schwab. “Our al fresco permit was a welcome addition and a much-needed increase in revenues. The program allowed us to serve guests on our surrounding sidewalks, but the space was very limited. Thanks to the efforts of Councilmember Mike Bonin’s office and Tim Conger from the Department of Transportation, we recently received approval to install a temporary patio by utilizing two on street parking spaces and are absolutely thrilled to be able to expand our service area.”

Cantalini’s, which is known for its welcoming atmosphere and mouth-watering Italian dishes, will be rolling out fall specials this month, including seasonal favorite pumpkin ravioli. Schwab is also excited to bring back Live Music Sundays, which recently started again.

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