After a thief hit the Hollywood restaurant Los Balcones del Peru during a wave of protests against police brutality on Saturday night, owner Jorge Rodriguez counted himself lucky enough to laugh about it.
“He grabbed the most expensive wines we had and took off,” Rodriguez said, adding that the man left the restaurant otherwise untouched. “It looks like he had a taste for red wines. He didn’t touch the whites.”
Rodriguez maintains a grim sense of humor even as he struggles to keep his business on life support.
The restaurant sits on Vine Street, a short walk from the ArcLight Cinemas. Like other businesses that serve tourists, Los Balcones took an early hit from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. “January is when we start getting all the travelers from Asia and Europe,” Rodriguez said. “We never got that traffic.”
Takeout customers trickle in and out, but his