Meeting Date: 11/12/14 06:00 PM
Meeting Type: Regular
Location: Will & Ariel Durant Library – 7140 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council
Area 7 and Business Committee – Joint Meeting
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Will & Ariel Durant Library – 7140 Sunset Blvd
Parking onsite-enter off Detroit
1. Call to order.
2. Approval of October 22, 2014 Interactive Workshop minutes.
3. Updates and announcements.
4. 1619 N. La Brea Avenue
Discussion and possible motion and vote.
HOLLYWOOD 180 HOLDCO, LLC, is requesting a Master Use Permit to allow the sale and dispensing of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption; in conjunction with up to three proposed restaurants, two of which would sell beer and wine only(type 41 license), and one which may sell a full line of alcoholic beverages (type 47 licence).
Requesting the hours of operation and alcohol sales from 10:00a.m. to 11:00p.m., Monday through Friday and 10:00a.m. to 12:00a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Case number ZA-2005-1856
5. MOMENT HOTEL – 7370 W. Sunset Blvd.
Discussion and possble motion vote.
The Moment Hotel is requesting an upgrade to serve a full line of alcoholic beverages, including fortified wine beverages with out food service. The rest-aurant and bar-lounge would serve 20 inside dining nook on the ground floor and 52 on the exterior open second floor deck and be open to the general public. Additionally the applicant is requesting Increase in restaurant and outdoor deck bar, lounge hours from 11am to 1am daily outside and valet park- ing the Moments Hotel has 39 guest rooms with 28 onsite parking spaces and 2-8 employees at any given time. LINK: http://www.hhwnc.org/node/3558
6. 7300 W. Sunset Blvd. – Suite A – Sunset Fuller Plaza
Discussion and possible motion vote.
The applicant, Urban Ramen, Located at 7300 W. Sunset Blvd in the Sunset – Fuller Plaza is requesting a Type 41 liquor license to serve beer and wine. The proposed hours of operation are from 10:a.m. to 4:00a.m. and alcohol sales from 10:00a.m. to 2:00a.m. daily for both indoor and on an outdoor patio area, in lieu of the current commerical corner zoning that does not allow any operations after 11p.m.
The restaurant has 41 interior seats and is requesting an additional 20 seats for their outdoor dinning on the Sunset Blvd. public right of way sidewalk.
The Sunset Fuller Plaza has 34 total shared parking spaces on site. There will be seven (7) employees. Case number ZA-2014-3625
7. Public Comments.
8. Meeting adjourn.
Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council
Area 7 – Business Joint Meeting
November 12, 2014 Minutes
Will and Ariel Durant Library
7140 West Sunset Blvd.
1. Call to order at 6:10pm
2. October 22nd meeting minutes were read, no corrections were made. Katz made a motion to approve the minutes as written, second by Joanne. 10 people vote to approve, 0 against, 0 abstained.
3. Barbara made an announcement that another meeting will most likely be in December for area 7 stakeholders to discuss new developments and liquor licenses applications.
Barbara mention the scoping meeting for 7500 sunset for next week and the HHWNC board meeting will be at the same time.
4. Item 4 on the agenda was postponed. Request to postpone came from the applicant.
5. Moment hotel:
Presents: Craig Settimo, Hotel General Manager. consultant Elizabeth Peterson-Gower. Hotel owner, Sanjay Patel.
Barbara: is reading the description of the request from the applicant http://www.hhwnc/node/3558 and starts a discussion among the stake holders.
Peterson: The location before the moment hotel was built was problematic for the neighborhood and that the hotel owner and the neighborhood worked closely to design the hotel to its current shape with the neighborhood approval. The hotel kitchen is open 24 hours a day and serves food all the day long.
Katz: Asking for menu, given one by Peterson.
Katz: Why no one was at the kitchen when he and Barbara toured the property? Hotel manager: explains that every employee on the premises are trained for and can serve food from the kitchen, including front desk employees.
Katz and Barbara: asking about the high fees for the valet charge which is over $20 per charge and because it is so high, many guests are encouraged by social media comments to park on side streets.
Peterson: replies that they can not control social media comments and that they have gotten into agreement with an adjacent lot for an extra 15 parking spots.
Stakeholder: is asking about valet service.
Peterson: answers that no valet service will be on the premises.
Katz: is asking where the employees park.
Hotel manager answers that they are encouraged to use public transportation, they can not park at the hotel.
Stakeholder: is asking about which liquor license they have at the moment.
Peterson: replies that they have full line of alcohol in the rooms mini bars, wine and beer at the hotel premises for guests only.
Katz: mentions that the roof top deck is a few feet away from an apartment building and if allowed operations until 1am with up to 52 people partying will have too much noise pollution for those residences and others. Katz is asking if the applicant is willing to consider shutting down the hours of the roof top deck to 11pm as it is now.
Peterson: replies that they are willing to consider this although there is a desire but the owner for extended hours of operations past 11pm.
Katz: mentions that the LAPD would also like to see businesses close at or before 11pm.
Peterson: reply that the hotel is doing very well and the business is trying to be a good neighbor and they will consider it.
Stakeholder: is asking for the number of people who work in the hotel per shift.
Hotel manager: answer that anything between 2 to 8 employees depends on many different factors. There are 3 shifts of work.
Stakeholder: is asking for more security is there will be 52 people who consume alcohol on the roof top deck and who are not guests of the hotel, mentions that the neighborhood do not want to have another lounge and /or bar at that location which the neighborhood considers residential.
Hotel manager: answers that the hotel might add more staff and that they are committed to this neighborhood and mentions that many guests at the hotel are referred to the hotel from residents of the neighborhood.
Peterson: mentions that the hotel have been and is a good neighbor and that they have been operating for one year selling beer and wine with no issues and that they would like to expend hours of operations and to sale full line of alcohol and the alcohol sale to be open to the public. She says that she will talk to the owner and will come back to further discuss there issues.
Barbara: When would you like to come back?
Peterson: By the end of the year.
Barbara: Please remember that food should be a very important part of the hotel and that food sales need to be more than 50% of the food and beverages sales. You guys set a good model. Thank you.
6. Urban Ramen discussion http://www.hhwnc.org/node/3586
At the first half of the discussion, the owner was not present, only the consultant Kevin Frankel. The owner of Urban Ramen arrived later and the conversation started from the beginning with the same people discussing the same issues.
The minutes will start from the moment that the owner arrived.
Frankel: presenting the application to the stakeholders present.
Katz: Mentioning that sunset is a class 2, 6 lanes highway between the hours of 4pm to 7pm and people have trouble navigating themselves around outside seating if your business will take part of the public side walk with such physical proximity to cars driving fast, as low as a few inches. The neighborhood also is concerned about the fact that you have to get out of the restaurant into the parking lot and than to serve people who will seat on Sunset Blvd. without any security, and restaurant open late into the night, how will the restaurant will prevent homeless people into taking bottle of alcohol from the table? The neighborhood is opposing happy hours, late time operation until 4am. There are 34 shared parking which are not enough.
The restaurant is asking for too much – full line of alcohol, out side seating which includes on the public side walk, late hours operations until 4am and not enough parking, and no security proposals.
Frankel: we want to open late to accommodate people who are leaving the clubs.
Katz: we are a residential area, we do not want to have intoxicated people coming over after the clubs are closing on Hollywood to continue drinking alcohol beverages in our neighborhood. We are not “the core are” of Hollywood. We see Urban Ramen as a good noodle restaurant not as a bar. We do not want businesses operating past 11pm.
Stakeholder: There is a mistake on the application. On the application it says 99 total occupancy while it is 61.
Frankel: This is a mistake on the application.
Katz: This is a young business since last September, we do not see a need for a young noodle shop to have that long hours and sale a full line of alcohol. Katz says that in his opinion that will be a bar not a noodle shop and will not be a good neighbor in this particular neighborhood.
Frankel: I agree that we have asked for much, I will talk to the owner and we will come again before you with an adjusted list of requests.
Barbara: In the application you wrote that you will sale alcohol without the sale of food.
Frankel: That is a mistake, it should be a “no”.
Katz: Do you have a hearing date?
Barbara: Are you willing to give up the happy hour?
Frankel: Absolutely. We are asking for the moon, knowing that we will negotiate our application.
Stakeholder: You are adjusting right now – No happy hour, no sale of alcohol without food, no outside dining.
Stakeholder: Where do the 7 employees park?
Owner: In the streets around the business.
Barbara: We will not have a vote, and we are looking forward to see you coming back to us with an adjusted application for further discussion.
7. 7:55P.M. Meeting adjourn.