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    Abbey WeHo Alleyway OUTZone Dinning Area is Now Open to Public

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    We can start taking shortcuts to Koontz Hardware and cut through to San Vicente Blvd and Robertson Blvd again. The alleyway known as Abbey Road is now open to the public. The OUTZone outdoor dining area which was mostly used for storage for the Chapel WeHo and the Abbey Food & Bar was removed this week shortly after WeHo Pride weekend.

    The Abbey Food & Bar joined other West Hollywood businesses in coming up with creative ways to use the outdoor space in its surrounding area to offer an outdoor dining experience during the pandemic. Owner at the time David Cooley announced the addition of the Abbey Road Street café, in August 2020, but it didn’t stay a café for too long.

    Now the Abbey joins Rocco’s WeHo, Hi Tops WeHo, Stache, Micky’s WeHo and other businesses in the removal of their OUTZones. Businesses in West Hollywood’s Rainbow District are expected to phase out their Out Zone patios this month. Restaurants like Tom Tom Restaurant, Beaches WeHo, Fiesta Cantina, and Trunks Bar, were not given the option by the city to make their Out Zone areas permanent.

    Laura Biery, the City of West Hollywood’s Economic Development Director, confirmed that while some businesses had the option to apply to make their OUT Zones permanent, businesses on streets with sidewalks greater than or equal to 19 feet deep do not have this option. Therefore, businesses in the City’s Rainbow District along Santa Monica Boulevard must revert to pre-COVID-19 sidewalk allowances by May 2024.

    During the most acute stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of West Hollywood responded in a variety of creative ways to community needs as we all navigated the pandemic.

    In July 2020, the City began a Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permit (TOEP) program by offering streamlined approval for businesses to use sidewalks, on-street parking spaces, and private parking lots as areas to expand operations while protecting health and safety.

    The program was expanded and given a fresh, new name: OUT Zones (Outdoor Use Temporary Zones). These temporary expansions provided outdoor commercial space in public right-of-way for restaurants, shops, and personal care establishments to move operations outside to ensure social (physical) distancing and meet with health orders from the state and the county. More than 60 West Hollywood businesses participated in the temporary OUT Zone program.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Enough!
    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    Finally.

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    1 month ago

    Yeah! They served a purpose, but no need to have them anymore.

    West
    West
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    1 month ago

    Excellent news and long overdue. The outzones may have served a purpose to assuage public confidence and help keep businesses afloat, but they set a poor precedent for the integrity of the commons. And as it turns out, for those watching Fauci’s testimony before Congress, the obsession with 6-feet social distancing was never really scientifically sound. Just more biosecurity theater: like so many of the Covid measures.

    DavidJ
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    1 month ago

    Regarding Fauci. They were trying to keep people from dying. There were a lot of unknowns, but we did know people were going into hospitals and coming out in body bags. I was happy to stay 6 feet away from people and wear a mask. Maybe it was all an illusion but I felt like I was doing something to stay out of the body bag. So glad this area is back open for people to vomit, pee, do drugs and have sex.

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