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These South LA restaurants were thriving until coronavirus changed everything

Swift Cafe, Hotville Chicken, and Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen are figuring out how to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic

Six months ago, Kyndra McCrary opened Swift Cafe in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Leimert Park. McCrary worked with a nutritionist to bring a healthy menu to the neighborhood, which was served in a bright, cozy dining room within walking distance from historic craftsman homes. Longstanding residents praised McCrary’s food: As two online reviewers put it, they “want more healthy options in my neighborhood,” and Leimert “deserves clean, healthy, delicious food.” All was well. Then the pandemic arrived.

“I’ve had people ask why am I still open,” says McCrary. “When I go through the neighborhood, all the gates are shut down. It’s desolate over here. It’s really sad. Businesses were already being impacted because of construction. It’s still weird, very eerie, like a movie or something.”  Read more…

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