Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) UPDATE (as of 2022-MAR-01)

Saturday Night KARAOKE IS BACK!
City of Edmonton Mask Mandate still in effect!

Lounge and Dining Room RE-OPEN!
Delivery and Take-out STILL AVAILABLE!


La Perle Restaurant and Bar

9746 - 182 Street NW
T5T 3T9, Edmonton
(780) 705 - 2688

Hours (modified for Coronavirus)

Monday to Thursday: 11 AM to Midnight
Fridays & Saturdays: 11 AM to 2 AM
Sundays & Statutory Holidays: Noon to Midnight
Home Delivery: Noon to 11 PM
(hours subject to change without notice!)



(2022-MAR-01) Let's try this again: Alberta re-opens! Enough of us have been multiply-vaccinated and/or gotten the various flavours of COVID that this wave has receeded, and our (publicly-funded) hospitals haven't been overwhelmed, as in the past.

The onus is now on us as individuals to look out for our fellow human: if you're sick, stay at home for a few days, figure out what you've got, get better, and if you absolutely no choice have to go out, wear a mask to keep your germs to yourself. Note that the City of Edmonton has not yet rescinded its' mask bylaw.

Before this is over over, people will still get COVID, some people will still get sick, some might get really sick, (or worse), but it's now manageable. It's up to us keep it that way. The worse thing about the various COVID flavours was that it was the worst game of craps: getting the COVID vaccination (and we may be in for annual boosters for a few years) gives way better odds.

So where were we? Oh yeah, Saturday Karaoke is back, starting this coming Saturday at ~9:30 PM!

We're using mic covers, we're wiping down mics, we're asking you to "please sing here". We'll even let you bring your own (wired) mic, so long as the cord is long enough and we can work with it. (Side note: if you're going to go to the lengths of investing in your own microphones, buy brand name: Shure, Sennheiser, Behringer, Audio-Technica, etc.)


(2021-DEC-24) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everybody!

Regardless of the new COVID-omicron restrictions, we'll be open on Christmas Day (Dec 25th)! We'll be taking a little time for ourselves and closing early on the 24th and opening a little later on the 25th, but open we'll be!
DEC 24th: 11 AM to 7 PM(-ish)
DEC 25th: 2 PM to Midnight
DEC 26th: 12 PM to Midnight

It's discouraging to hear that we're going to have a third Christmas with COVID (and COVID restrictions--though thankfully, not a third lockdown). But we all have to do our parts, don't get too down, and know that this too shall pass, and that brighter days are ahead.

As per AHS Guidelines, we'll be putting a damper on socialization:

COVID--whatever the flavour / variant--sucks. Trust us: we're a small gate-driven business, albeit with strong, er, merch(?) sales, in take-out or delivery format--no national or even regional broadcast deal, though, unlike a certain other small, family-owned Edmonton Chinese-style resaurant..."

Getting the vaccine (and now booster) means that you'll tilt the ice in your favor. You might still get COVID (or one of the variants...), but you'll be ready if it attacks you, hopefully deny it a substantial beach-head, mostly skate, and hopefully be able to fight it off asymptomatically or mildly (and hopefully, without passing it on to anybody else). Thus far, these are still holding true for Delta and Omicron. Book your shot / booster here (or just wander into your local pharmacy!):
https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx

SCIENCE TALK: Omicron has outcompeted even Delta by dint of being more virulent, i.e. better at virusing (spreading faster, lasting longer outside the body, etc.) Despite ALSO having mutations in the spike protein that gives coronavirus its name (that's like to growing a moustache, changing your hair, getting some glasses, or going up or down by a few dozen pounds) the antibodies generated by the vaccines still give you a good fighting chance. But they aren't a COVID ON-OFF switch.

The observations seems to be mixed: unlike a measles or chickenpox, and closer to a tetanus, long-lived memory b- and t-cells might or might not be formed (giving you long-term antibody production and therefore immunity to close variants), whether through infection (so-called 'natural' immunity) or vaccination. Unless you get COVID AND vaccinations (possibly not in that order?)

Someone will probably win a Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for figuring that specific issue out. mRNA vaccines are probably a given (which will doubtlessly include Sahin and Tureci. Hell, if they can cure a swath of cancers (as they were originally in development for) it might actually shut people up about 'wasteful' spending on science and how paying (most top decile in undergrad) grad students less than minimum wage (or even server wage!) can't cure cancer (or the common cold).


(2021-OCT-22) Saturday Karaoke is back, starting this coming Saturday at ~9:30 PM!

We're using mic covers, we're wiping down mics, we're asking you to "please sing here", we're strictly enforcing the AHS Restrictions Exemption Program. We'll even let you bring your own (wired) mic, so long as the cord is long enough and we can work with it. (Side note: if you're going to go to the lengths of investing in your own microphones, buy brand name: Shure, Sennheiser, Behringer, Audio-Technica, etc.)

If you go to the Alberta Vaccine Record website, you can get your Record of COVID Vaccination or QR code with the following:

This is Alberta trying to get back to normal. But even fully vaccinated, these days, you stand a good chance of being exposed to COVID (and probably the delta / lambda variant--they've outcompeted the rest). Hopefully (and with great likelihood), the vaccine has enabled your immune system to get the upper hand and prevent COVID from establishing a beach head (low probability), spreading to your respiratory system and making you infectious (very low probability), or becoming hospitalized or worse (very, very low probability).

The last time a coronavirus really got out of hand (and SARS and MERS didn't) was probably the 1889-1890 Pandemic and strain OC43. After killing a million people and causing multiple waves for close to 6 years, it went Andromeda Strain and lives on as one of the over 200 viruses (and 4 coronaviruses) that constitute 'the common cold'. Possibly showing the state of things, unlike measles or chickenpox (or polio or smallpox for people old enough to have gotten those vaccinations), for whatever reason, there isn't lifelong immunity (long-lived Memory B and possibly T Cell generation) to most of the 'common cold' coronaviruses--we get (mild versions of them) over and over again.


(2021-SEPT-19) Thankfully, there is now a streamlined process to obtain your Vaccine Passport Record of COVID Vaccination, exempting you from Lockdown IV at businesses and facilities who're implementing the Lockdown Exemption program (such as La Perle Restaurant and Bar). If you go to the Alberta Vaccine Record website, you can get your Record of COVID Vaccination with the following:

This is Alberta trying to get back to normal. But even fully vaccinated, these days, you stand a good chance of being exposed to COVID (and probably the delta / lambda variant--they've outcompeted the rest). Hopefully (and with great likelihood), the vaccine has enabled your immune system to get the upper hand and prevent COVID from establishing a beach head (low probability), spreading to your respiratory system and making you infectious (very low probability), or becoming hospitalized or worse (very, very low probability).

So, if you're fully vaxxed (as am I, and most of us these days) you're probably good, but also not completely out of the woods, yet. Stay safe out there.


(2021-SEPT-16) With rising COVID infections / hospitalization (and it's almost all Delta-variant now) we have AHS-mandated COVID Lockdown IV as of Monday September 20th.

...Well, sort of: based on our interpretation, if you're still unvaccinated, it's Lockdown IV, if you have been vaccinated: carry on. Still, take some precautions since the risk profile for people fully vaccinated against COVID is in the moderate / severe flu category, if you happen to have a break-through case.

As of September 20th, hospitality businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program are exempted from the lockdown. We don't want to be locked down. So if you're dining in, or coming to the lounge, and you're over the age of 12, you'll need the following:

IF the City of Edmonton cancels / modifies their mask mandate as well, then the vaccinated can basically be back to normal. Until that happens, we still have to mask up when moving around.

Getting the vaccine means that you'll tilt the ice in your favor. You might still get COVID (or one of the variants...), but you'll be ready if it attacks you, deny it a substantial beach-head, mostly skate, and hopefully be able to fight it off asymptomatically or mildly (and hopefully, without passing it on to anybody else). Book your shot here:
https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx

As always, stay up to date at the Government of Alberta's COVID-19 website:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

The longer we collectively as a species lets this go unchecked, the faster we burn through the Greek alphabet for major variants, and the higher the possibility that there's a variant that can evade the antibodies generated by the vaccines. Being an RNA virus, replication mistakes aren't a bug, they're a feature.


(2021-SEPT-03 and -04) Well, that was fun while it lasted: it is with great regret that we must announce that Karaoke is suspended here at La Perle until further notice. As such, we're also going back to early close.

In the wake of rising COVID infections (and almost all of them the Delta / B.1.617 variant), the City of Edmonton has re-activated the mask mandate: unless you're seated at a table and/or with your cohort, you'll have to mask up and keep your germs to yourself / your cohort!
https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/emergency_preparedness/masks

The province has also mandated an end to liquor service by 10 PM, so we'll be closing by 11. "Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes are required to cease liquor sales by 10 PM. Premises may remain open, however no liquor service may be provided as per public health orders":
https://aglc.ca/covid-19

Getting the vaccine means that you'll tilt the ice in your favor. You might still get COVID (or one of the variants...), but you'll be ready if it attacks you, deny it a substantial beach-head, mostly skate, and hopefully be able to fight it off asymptomatically or mildly (and hopefully, without passing it on to anybody else). Book your shot here:
https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx


(2021-AUG-27) You asked for it, we'll deliver: Karaoke is back at La Perle!

Starting this Saturday, August 28th, we're resuming both Karaoke and Saturday 2 AM close here at La Perle! We'll be maintaining sanitation precautions and best practices for public-performances, but it's been so very long since the music's been sung here at La Perle...

Getting the vaccine means that you'll tilt the ice in your favor. You might still get COVID (or one of the variants...), but you'll be ready if it attacks you, deny it a substantial beach-head, mostly skate, and hopefully be able to fight it off asymptomatically or mildly (and hopefully, without passing it on to anybody else). Book your shot here:
https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx

As always, stay up to date at the Government of Alberta's COVID-19 website:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx


(2021-JUL-01) Thank you, Alberta and thank you, Edmonton. La Perle Restaurant and Bar is still not quite back to full pre-COVID hours yet, but Alberta as a whole is now back to "normal", thanks to all the Albertans who did their part and helped us get to the middle of the end. Thanks especially to all of our patrons and friends who helped support La Perle through the difficulties of the past year and a half!

Pool tables, dart boards, and VLTs are now re-opened in the Lounge, though we're not yet back on Karaoke--stay tuned!

We're still not completely out of the woods, but it's at the point where things are now manageable for the health system, so long as we still take a few precautions and follow-through with second doses (or get your first, if you haven't already and are able / willing to).

As always, stay up to date at the Government of Alberta's COVID-19 website:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx


(2021-JUN-10) We've had a few false starts, but we may actually be slowly getting back to normalcy--enough of us will have enough defense against COVID (and its variants) that spread will become manageable. Not over, but to paraphrase Churchill, this may finally be the beginning of the end. You've doubtlessly heard the phrase tossed around a lot, but this is what is actually meant by 'herd immunity'.

We're all tired of this, but having the finish line in sight is not the time to be quitting the race, or figuring that you've basically finished (or somehow that you've 'won'). Please keep up good habits, and get vaccinated if you're able and willing to.

If you've already got your first dose, please follow-through with your second.


(2021-APR-09) The COVID circuit breaker has popped once again in Alberta, and critical care is perilously full--we're back to takeout and delivery ONLY.

We're all tired of this, but having the finish line in sight is not the time to be quitting the race, or figuring that you've basically finished (or somehow that you've 'won'). Please keep up good habits, and get vaccinated if you're able and willing to.


(2021-MAR-11) The Dining Room and Lounge are now re-open! (subect to some restrictions)

Even though we're not out of the woods yet, and all STILL have to play our parts by wearing a mask / face covering, physically distancing, and even getting vaccinations (if able and willing), we're optimistic that we're at the end of the beginning.


(2021-FEB-08) Many restaurants, bars, and lounges are reopening (with restrictions) for dine-in and sit-down service as of Monday, February 8th. We will not be one of them.

For now, we will remain take-out and delivery only--please stay tuned for details in the weeks ahead. The finish line is in sight, so let's keep up best practices, stay positive, and test negative.


(2020-DEC-13) The Capital Region is now taking aggressive action to try to keep COVID in check. Unfortunately, Christmas will be at a distance this year.

To quote Winston Churchill, "This isn't the end, or even the beginning of the end, but perhaps it is the end of the beginning." Multiple COVID vaccines are on the horizon, and the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has been approved by Health Canada and will soon be delivered to Canada to the front-line and most vulnerable / likely to spread, and available to the rest of us soon thereafter. We just have to limit the spread long enough to get to the finish line of herd immunity.

An An El País primer on the differences in the various vaccines, how the immune response works, and how 'they' were able to produce a vaccine at 'warp speed'

If enough of us who don't react to vaccines take the double dose of whichever vaccine is available, and can limit COVID spread, we can stomp out the spread and return to normalcy. In contrast, the 1918 H1N1 flu kept on echoing until 1920, and polio lockdowns lasted for years at a time through the 50s and 60s.


(2020-NOV-25) Due to rapidly increasing COVID cases (there are now more total active cases in Alberta than any other province), the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services has imposed new restrictions on gatherings, businesses, and workplaces.

As Albertans and Canadians, friends and family, we have to look out for and keep eachother safe, and keep the medical system from being overwhelmed. COVID sucks.


(2020-NOV-16) Due to increasing COVID caseloads, the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services has reimposed restrictions on public gatherings and businesses.


(2020-AUG-01) Due to us not being out of the woods, the City of Edmonton has now imposed a mandate on masks in public areas. (like it or not, this is a measure analogous--and comparable--to seatbelt use and following the rules of the road while driving)


(2020-JUN-25) As part of the Phase I / II relaunch strategy, the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services has started to lift COVID restrictions on public gatherings and businesses.

PSA: We're not out of the woods yet, and though we don't yet have a widely-available vaccine, we're slowly returning to a semblance of normalcy. But, we have to stay vigilant: practice physical distancing (stay 2m / 6ft away from others) away from non-household non-cohort members, wear masks where you can't, and wash your hands with soap and water frequently.

Stay up to date at the Government of Alberta's COVID-19 website:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx


(2020-MAR-25) The Government of Alberta has released new public health measures to try to stem the rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the province and country as a whole. In response to the irresponsible actions and behaviours of a few, they've also backed up these orders with stiff sanctions.

We can and will get through this together. Stay at home unless you have to, don't hoarde supplies, apply for the assistance you need, practice social distancing (stay 2m / 6ft away from others), and wash your hands with soap and water frequently.

Stay up to date at the Government of Alberta's COVID-19 website:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx


(2020-MAR-17) The Government of Alberta has released new public health measures to reduce and slow-down the spread of the coronavirus and to keep health resources from being slammed. These measures include:

Bottom line, the restaurant at La Perle is open modified hours (11 AM to 11 PM, except for Sunday when we'll open at noon) for (limited) dine-in, take-out, and delivery. If all of us do our parts, don't panic, and follow guidelines last issued in Canada and the US nearly 60 years ago for polio--a disease that now has gone nearly extinct--this too, shall pass.


Don't long time no see, come in today for good food, good company, and good times!

Chinese and western cuisine, pizza, dine-in, take-out, and delivery now available! All-ages family dining on our restaurant side, chill-out and relax with a more mature crowd in our Lounge!