Vice Mayor Griselia Digiacomo then jumped into the conversation.
“We love your place, Alex, and many of us eat there all the time but you understand that if we approve this, you will have to make sure you have all the proper permits,” Digiacomo said. “We’re not just going to hand this over to you.”
Morrow continued to battle.
“I know he’s local but with Latin American we know we had a professional server,” Morrow said. “The handling of food is a major issue here.”
The idea was then tossed out of giving Salvant and his restaurant a trial period to “prove himself” and that ultimately was the deal-sealer as the council voted unanimously (yes, including Morrow) to give Latin American its 60-day notice and then grant La Mia a three-month window to serve as the provider for the Hot Meals program before making a longer term commitment.
“I hope you learned from your last opportunity and understand our concern as a council we want to make sure our Lakeside residents are being treated well,” said Councilman Edgar Ayala. “We want to make sure everything is done properly.”
“It’s about time; for two years I’ve been fighting this and finally got it,” Salvant said after the meeting. “All this time, I never stopped giving great service. All my vendors are in Medley, so on top of that I’m keeping other businesses in Medley open. I feel like I’ve been proving myself all of this time. A lot of them go to eat in my restaurant every day, so I would think they certainly understand the good quality of my food. I’m grateful that they showed the confidence in me again and will work hard to prove them right.”