Team behind Post & Beam receives The Times' fourth Gold Award

published 30.07.2020 14:00

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During the pandemic, he's adapted the restaurant's takeout operations — adding weekly specials and summer cocktails, creating celebratory Mother's Day and Father's Day menus, promoting a Black-owned distillery — and with Roni at his side, he's led an effort to feed seniors in the neighborhood, establishing Post & Beam as a vital local resource in hard times.

A year ago, Johnson and Armstrong passed the Post & Beam torch to John and Roni Cleveland, ensuring that the restaurant would remain a Black-owned business.

Armstrong, who has the DNA of Los Angeles fine dining in his bones, starting from his storied days as a teenage apprentice at Spago, was the right chef to establish Post & Beam.

When Brad Johnson and Armstrong opened Post & Beam on Dec. 31, 2011, a fine-dining establishment in the parking lot of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall, it was a critical milestone for Los Angeles.

For these reasons and more, I am thrilled that the founding and current driving forces behind Post & Beam — Brad and Linda Johnson, Govind Armstrong and John and Roni Cleveland — are this year's recipients of the Los Angeles Times Gold Award.

by Laurie Ochoa from

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