If You’re Going Out to Eat, Mask Up, and Bring Vaccination Proof

As COVID-19 continues to surge, restaurants and their employees continue to take on a huge burden.

Longtime server Felipe Cuahuizo, a beloved employee of Manhattan in the Desert in Palm Springs and the Roost Lounge in Cathedral City, recently passed away after a two-week battle with COVID-19. Food-service workers have continued to put themselves at risk throughout this pandemic, and the best way you help protect them—and the community as a whole—is to wear a mask when inside any business; stay home if you have symptoms; and get vaccinated!

To help protect all of us, the cities of Palm Springs and Cathedral City (as of this writing) have both approved orders requiring people to wear masks inside all businesses, regardless of vaccination status. The cities are also requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to dine indoors. Both cities’ vaccination requirements were slated to go into effect by the end of August, although many restaurants and bars have already begun enforcing it.

Coming to Morongo: The Marketplace, by Fabio Viviani

We previously reported that chef Fabio Viviani, of Top Chef fame, would soon be opening something at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, in Cabazon.

We now know what that something is: a food hall in the space that used to be the buffet. According to a news release, The Marketplace will feature seven eateries featuring dishes from around the globe. Diners can soon enjoy Italian cuisine at Mercato Centrale, Mexican and South American tastes at Al Comal, and seafood and an oyster bar at Pescato. Pork and Waffles will offer barbecue plates and Southern comfort food, and Prime Cuts will be part steakhouse, part Brazilian churrascaria. Sukiru will highlight Pan Asian dishes; customers can end their meal with desserts from Sweet Things.

Learn more, and watch a video explaining how this will all work, at www.morongocasinoresort.com/dining/fabio-viviani.

In Brief

If you have been craving authentic Hong Kong-style snacks, the new outpost of Coconut Jelly King is here for you—or, well, it’s a short drive up Interstate 10 for you, inside Desert Hills Premium Outlets, at 48400 Seminole Drive, in Cabazon. Given the selection of milk and bubble teas, Hong Kong-style waffles, curry fish balls and the eponymous coconut jellies (with flavors including mango, peach and taro, to name just a few), you are sure to find something refreshing; learn more at coconutjellyking.com. … Tower Market, which bills itself as “your local neighborhood market in the desert,” has begun construction on a new building in Palm Springs, at the corner of Indian Canyon and San Rafael drives. Why is this news, when there are already six Tower Markets located in the valley? Well, this one is a bit different: It’s going into an area the city describes as a food desert, and the new market will devote at least 15% of its space to perishables, including meat, dairy and produce, and an additional 30% of space to staple foods like bread, pasta and canned food. Get more info at www.towermarket.com. … Are you in Palm Springs and running low on wine? Don’t worry, because Palm Springs Bottle Shop is opening in the Mojave Flea Trading Post, at 383 N. Indian Canyon Drive. This bottle shop is a bit different in that it’s a queer-, Black- and woman-owned business that focuses on promoting and selling products, including beer and wine, from LGBTQ+, BIPOC and women-led, -created and -owned businesses from around the country. If you’re not a fan of beer or wine, you should know that the owners envision the business as a high-end convenience store, so there should be lots of exciting treats to try, in any case. Watch www.psbottleshop.com for updates. … Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, at 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive, has opened its new JWB Grill, featuring dishes like miso-marinated salmon, prime steaks and chicken mole. JWB Grill serves lunch and dinner; learn more here. … Chef Adam Morales, formerly of the now-shuttered of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Rancho Mirage, has opened Smokey Lips BBQ, a home-based micro-enterprise in Cathedral City. Morales’ fare is currently only available for pickup and delivery, but he’s making plans to open a brick-and-mortar space in the near future. Check out Facebook or Instagram for the most up-to-date menus and ordering info @SmokeyLipsBBQ. … Coming very soon: Luchows Palm Springs, an American Chinese food restaurant and cabaret, is set to open in September at 4771 E. Palm Canyon Drive, in the space that most recently housed Supreme Dragon. It’s being spearheaded by Paul Kakuschky, one of the two Pauls that opened Paul Bar + Food. Watch luchowspalmsprings.com for details.

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Charles Drabkin

Charles Drabkin is a native of McMinnville, Ore., the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, where the relationship between food and people was instilled in him at an early age. After working his way around...