What if your neighbor was running a successful pop-up in LA?

While it is truly amazing to read about chefs finding ways of cooking for the public without restaurants/trucks, like this Simi Valley BBQ, or like Sergio’s setup in Inglewood, I often wonder what the neighborhood costs are (noise, vermin, garbage, parking). Not to mention the risks to public health from possibly-inadequate - and certainly uninspected - kitchen (or garage) hygienic practices.


I imagine it’d be a PITA to be a neighbor (I think a constant stream of traffic would be super annoying to me), but I’d love to have BBQ smells surrounding me all day… ::sigh::


If your neighbor is a good neighbor in the first place, and you yourself are also a good neighbor, you speak about your situations and make compromises especially in light of their success. I’m sure the neighbors that are inconvenienced nearby (in a neighborly situation of course) are compensated by the neighbor inconveniencing them.

Bad neighbors call the cops and inspectors.


A couple of my neighbors have pop ups, one does sushi, one does cookies, one has more of a food stand/coffee shop one has a large scale fruit stand! One was selling Agua Frescas and they were SO good… but she is no longer… I’m guessing she just got too busy or the max profit for that is kind small…

It’s not an odd thing on this side of town and it’s was not just a Pandemic nor Latino thing either, especially now. That being said, more than anything, Neighbors just like being awares, so they aren’t going WTF with a bit more traffic in the neighborhood. the large who is running her cafe, it’s similar to Sergio, it’s not in anyone’s sight of view. She’s doing just take out and so the noise hasn’t been too much of a problem. It’s also running during mostly day hours. So that also helps with folks being a bit more accepting. No strangers trolling around too too late.


Invite your neighbors. The world has forever changed. Make them feel welcome. Give them your number if it seems problematic.


I’d be down to try if any of my neighbors tried this. It’s already incredibly hard for many who have lost their primary source of income, and it’s hard to fault them for trying anything to survive. I’d be happy for them…but it would be nice if they gave me a head’s up so I don’t wonder about strange traffic…though to be honest, I am so busy with work that I rarely have time to go outside at any point of the day.