The popular Redondo Beach diner was shuttered by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department midday Friday, Dec. 4, and fined $500, said owner Alex Jordan. He has a hearing with the Health Department scheduled in 10 days, he added.
The county did not respond to requests for comment Friday.
The closure, which Jordan called arbitrary and heavy-handed, comes after Eat at Joe’s publicly defied countywide orders banning all in-person dining in an effort to slow the current surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. In the days following the county’s order, Eat at Joe’s continued seating and serving customers and tables set up on the sidewalk and parking lot.