Alameda County Says Pop-Up Restaurants Are Safe For Now

Foodies everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.

The County of Alameda announced last week that it will stop closing down pop-up restaurants, provided they follow proper food safety regulations, while officials work on a permanent permitting system.

“My goal is to find a way to ensure food safety while promoting the growth of small restaurant entrepreneurs,” said Board of Supervisors President Wilma Chan. The Health Care Services Agency is reviewing applicable laws right now and is expected to submit some sort of recommendation to the health committee soon.

As County News reported, chefs and patrons were stunned last month to discover that Alameda considers pop-up eateries illegal. After shuttering Oakland’s popular Nokni restaurant, county health officials said that restaurant permits are not transferable and that makes temporary eating establishments unlawful by default.