The California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) has filed an action against The Classic Cat restaurant, located at 8830 Sunset Boulevard, charging the restaurant, bar and lounge with alcohol consumption after hours. The complaint, file number 554058, was received on September 8, 2021 and registered this month on March 3, 2022. The action against AINA LLC has not yet cleared as of the posting of this piece.
According to ABC’s Business and Professional Code (B&P) 25631 and 25632, “any retail licensee, or agent or employee of such licensee, who permits any alcoholic beverage to be consumed by any person on the licensee’s licensed premises during any hours in which it is unlawful to sell, give, or deliver any alcoholic beverage for consumption on the premises is guilty of a misdemeanor.”
The California Constitution authorizes the Department, in its discretion, to suspend or revoke any license to sell alcoholic beverages if it determines the continuance of such license would be contrary to the public welfare or morals. The Department may use a range of progressive and proportional penalties. This range will typically extend from Letters of Warning to Revocation.
Possible disciplinary actions for Sale and/or Consumption After Hours – 25631 & 25632 B&P include:
- By public – 15 day suspension
- By employees and friends only – 10 day suspension
- By employees only – 5 day suspension
The owners of The Classic Cat restaurant on the Sunset Strip are no strangers to controversy. On March 1, 2021, they filed suit against Los Angeles County, alleging ongoing coronavirus restrictions would force them to shut down after inspectors questioned whether their outdoor patio was actually an indoor operation.
The owners say the patio has a retractable roof that creates COVID- safe outdoor dining at the West Hollywood restaurant and that they also have added numerous protections, including plexiglass and air ventilation improvements.
Lawyers for the county maintained the patio did not meet the county’s standards for outdoor dining.
Charges from the health department aside, The Classic Cat restaurant was also cited by the City of West Hollywood for noise violations on three different occasions in February 12, 14, 21 of 2021.