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    51 New Businesses Opened in the City of West Hollywood in 2022

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    At the November 7, 2022, Regular City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne directed staff to return to the City Council with a report and list of new businesses that have opened in the City in the last two years. City staff produced a list of new businesses opened in 2021 and 2022, as well as businesses projected to open in the first half of 2023. In total, the list consists of over 100 businesses, including restaurants, retail businesses, fitness/gym uses, art galleries, hotels, and cannabis businesses, all of which are located in commercial districts.

    According to the staff report, 22 businesses opened in 2021, 50 have opened so far in 2022, (the accurate number is 51 if you count Urbn Leaf, which had a grand opening last week) and another 12 are projected to open later this year. There are 17 businesses projected to open in the first half of 2023. Half of the new businesses are restaurants, bars, or coffee shops.

    “Restaurants were one of the hardest hit sectors because of COVID-19 related restrictions
    in 2020 and in the first half of 2021, so it is encouraging to see so many new restaurants
    open over the last year and a half,” reads the Staff report. “The new restaurants have opened throughout the City, including within the West Hollywood Design District, which has typically been home to higher-end retail and showrooms. The addition of new restaurants in the Design District will further diversify this business district and will enhance its regional draw.

    Economic and Business Development staff will continue to work to attract new businesses
    to the city, while also working to retain existing businesses. This work will include a
    comprehensive economic development study that staff will issue a Request for Proposals
    for in December. This study will include an analysis of each of the City’s business
    districts, including the current mix of businesses, gaps/demand not being met, and
    strategies that City can utilize to retain and attract more businesses, including small
    businesses and neighborhood serving businesses. At the same time as the economic
    development study, staff will also be establishing a business roundtable to provide
    feedback and information to staff.

    The 51 businesses that have opened in 2022 so far, are as follows:

    1. Bravo Toast Restaurant January 2022 632 N Doheny Drive
    2. Marcell Von Berlin Coffee Lounge Restaurant/Coffee Shop January 2022 8619 Melrose
    3. Onizuka Restaurant (Japanese) January 2022 514 N La Cienega Ave
    4. OPVS Fitness (Annex Location) Fitness/Gym January 2022 8969 Santa Monica Blvd
    5. Untied LA Retail (Shoes) February 2022 645 N Robertson Blvd
    6. Miss Melbourne Coffee Coffee Shop February 2022 7326 Santa Monica Blvd
    7. Uncool Burger Restaurant February 2022 7881 Santa Monica Blvd
    8. Heart Weho Club/Bar February 2022 8911 Santa Monica Blvd
    9. YMLA Retail (Clothing) March 2022 8594 Santa Monica Blvd
    10. Lavo Restaurant March 2022 9201 Sunset Blvd
    11. DJ0 Threads Retail (Clothing) March 2022 8551 Melrose Ave
    12. Saatva Retail (Mattress) March 2022 8715 Melrose Ave
    13. Pisces Poke Restaurant March 2022 7100 Santa Monica Blvd
    14. RioZonas Acai Restaurant (Casual) March 2022 8603 Santa Monica Blvd
    15. Michael Cleary Retail/Showroom (Home Furnishings) April 2022 8731 Melrose Ave
    16. Junior Cookies Bakery (Cookies) April 2022 8703 Santa Monica Blvd
    17. OTD (On This Day) Retail (Clothing) April 2022 8580 Sunset Blvd
    18. State and Liberty Retail (Clothing) April 2022 8551 Melrose Ave
    19. The Artist Tree Lounge Cannabis Lounge April 2022 8625 Santa Monica Blvd
    20. The Woods, Dispensary Cannabis Dispensary May 2022 8271 Santa Monica Blvd
    21. The Faun’s Daughter Retail (Plants) June 2022 517 N La Cienega Blvd
    22. Soho House – Holloway House Hotel/Private Club June 2022 8465 Holloway Drive
    23. Cherry Retail (Clothing) June 2022 8475 Melrose Ave
    24. sapasi Retail (Clothing) July 2022 509 N Robertson Blvd
    25. Fulton’s Exhibit Art Gallery July 2022 8483 Melrose Ave
    26. Tail O’ the Pup Restaurant July 2022 8512 Santa Monica Blvd
    27. Irv’s Burgers Restaurant July 2022 7998 Santa Monica Blvd
    28. Madeo Restaurant July 2022 8490 Sunset Blvd
    29. Zarape’ Cocina And Cantina Restaurant July 2022 8351 Santa Monica Blvd
    30. Wolf and Badger Retail (Clothing) July 2022 8500 Melrose Ave
    31. Guess Originals Retail (Clothing) August 2022 529 N La Cienega Blvd
    32. Brow Ink LA Beauty/Personal Care August 2022 8710 Sunset Blvd
    33. Alter Clubs Gym/Fitness August 2022 605C N West Knoll Drive
    34. The Fleur Room Bar/Club August 2022 9201 Sunset Blvd
    35. Studio CLMBR Gym/Fitness August 2022 8599 Santa Monica Blvd
    36. Soho Home Retail (Home Furnishings) August 2022 8540 Melrose Ave
    37. KARMA Gallery Art Gallery August 2022 7351 Santa Monica Blvd
    38. Wrensilva Retail (Record Consoles) September 2022 8625 Melrose Ave
    39. Nomad Gallery Art Gallery September 2022 8748 Holloway Drive
    40. The Extreme Collection Retail (Clothing) September 2022 8543 Melrose Ave
    41. Zinc Café and Market Restaurant September 2022 8607 Melrose Ave
    42. El Pollo Loco Restaurant September 2022 8601 Santa Monica Blvd
    43. Butcher’s Daughter Restaurant September 2022 8755 Melrose Ave
    44. The Woods, Lounge Cannabis Lounge October 2022 8271 Santa Monica Blvd
    45. Crustica Pizza Restaurant October 2022 9045 Santa Monica Blvd
    46. King and Queens Cantina Restaurant November 2022 616 Robertson Blvd
    47. Great White Restaurant November 2022 8917 Melrose Ave
    48. Doughbrik’s Pizza Restaurant November 2022 8363 Sunset Blvd
    49. Ggiata Delicatessen Deli November 2022 7998 Santa Monica Blvd
    50. Dolly Shine Bar November 2022 8737 Santa Monica Blvd
    51. Urbn Leaf Cannabis Dispensary Late 2022 8477 Sunset Blvd

    New Businesses slated to open later this year and in the coming year include:

    1. The Outsider Boxing Club Fitness/Gym November 2022 9085 Santa Monica Blvd
    2. Stella Restaurant Late 2022 8899 Beverly Blvd
    3. 76 Jem’s by Monica Hair/Beauty Late 2022 807 N Palm Ave
    4. Casa Madera Restaurant Late 2022 8440 Sunset Blvd
    5. Hudson House Restaurant Late 2022 9255 Sunset Blvd
    6. Our Place Retail (Home Goods) Late 2022 8507 Melrose Ave
    7. High Times Café Cannabis Lounge/Restaurant Late 2022 1201 N La Brea Ave
    8. Phillips Auction House Auction Business Late 2022 9041 Nemo Street
    9. Saltie Girl Restaurant Late 2022 8615 Sunset Blvd
    10. The Bird Streets Club Private Club Late 2022 9145 Sunset Blvd
    11. Or Bar Bar Late 2022 8228 Santa Monica Blvd
    12. Aeon Botanika/Element 7 Cannabis Dispensary/Lounge 2023 8448 Santa Monica Blvd
    13. Supreme Retail (Clothing) Early 2023 8801 Sunset Blvd
    14. Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery Early 2023 8980 Santa Monica Blvd
    15. John Reed Fitness Gym/Fitness Early 2023 8612 Santa Monica Blvd
    16. Drake’s West Hollywood Restaurant Early 2023 8747 Melrose Ave
    17. PleasureMed Cannabis Dispensary & Lounge Early 2023 7715 Santa Monica Blvd
    18. The Fantom Flower Cannabis Lounge/Restaurant Early 2023 8811 Santa Monica Blvd
    19. The Melt Restaurant Early 2023 7111 Santa Monica Blvd
    20. Win Wings Restaurant Early 2023 7111 Santa Monica Blvd
    21. Vondom Retail (Home Furnishings) Early 2023 8611 Melrose Ave
    22. A Sunset Restaurant Early 2023 8768 Sunset Blvd
    23. Uchi Restaurant Early 2023 9001 Santa Monica Blvd
    24. Sushi Nakazawa Restaurant Early 2023 145 N Robertson Blvd
    25. Lualdi Retail/Showroom (Doors) Early 2023 8784 Beverly Blvd
    26. Cult Gaia Retail (Clothing/Accessories) Early 2023 8440 Melrose Ave
    27. Wrapstar Restaurant Early 2023 8593 Santa Monica Blvd
    28. Barry’s Bootcamp Gym/Fitness Early 2023 8383 Santa Monica Blvd

    To view the full list which includes the new businesses that opened in 2021, click on the link below:

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    Resident - Progressive & Pragmatic
    Resident - Progressive & Pragmatic
    1 year ago

    Staff’s report is a little misleading, but then again it’s because the question Shyne asked them to answer is a distraction from the reality of what council’s ill conceived & enacted policies over the past two years have done to local small businesses in West Hollywood. To understand the impact of those policies, we have to know when those new businesses signed leases for their storefronts, applied for business licenses, submitted building permit applications, etc. Because many that opened in the past two years began the process before council’s new hostile policies…just because they opened does not signify that those… Read more »


    Thank you. You have more brains than our council..you should run.

    1 year ago

    But how many survive 1 year???

    1 year ago

    How many have closed over the last year?

    John Arnold
    John Arnold
    1 year ago

    That’s great news, but how many closed in the last two years? Is there net-net growth?

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