Editor’s Note: Two days after the publication of this story — on Thursday Aug. 6 — the owners of Chillbar told WLRN they have been kicked out of the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market by the market's board, via a phone call.
Frank and Elizabeth Becker were told their space was no longer available because they were not paying the optional half-rent payments during the pandemic closure, and that the management decided to reconfigure the back of the market. The market's management previously indicated, in a statement to WLRN, that that under the half-rent policy vendors "will not lose their booths if they don’t pay anything."
When asked about the Beckers' claims, Mark Menagh, the market's general manager, responded in an email statement: "I cannot comment on a particular vendor details with the market. There are some vendors whose situation before the market closed means there were extenuating circumstances to their remaining at the market. Yes, the Chillbar is no longer able to maintain their space at the market."
Before the pandemic, the Yellow Green Farmer's Market in Hollywood was a favorite spot for locals and for tourists. At its peak last year up to 10,000 people would come through to eat and buy produce any given Saturday or Sunday.
The last day it was open was March 15 and it almost reopened for Fourth of July weekend — then the spike in coronavirus cases stopped that from happening.