ABC Files Action Against The Classic Cat Restaurant for Consumption After Hours

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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.”

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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.

On March 17, 2021, a judge denied a request by the owners of the Classic Cat restaurant for a preliminary injunction allowing dining in the eatery’s patio, which they maintain is sufficiently ventilated to avoid any potential spread of the coronavirus and vital to keeping the business viable.
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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 editor@wehotimes.com
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Jamie Francis
Jamie Francis
2 months ago

Let us not forget that in front of the Classic Cat (which strangely doesn’t even have signage doesn’t want to be noticed), over a year ago, there was a club goer who shot off a gun point blank range in a crowd who opened fire on the sidewalk in front of that business that caught regular patrons in the crossfire due to him being disrespected or disgruntled or being confronted by other club goers or an alleged gang rivalry. This is scary since people are trying to patronize or go out into Weho who shouldn’t worry about being shot or… Read more »

Steve Zweig
Steve Zweig
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie Francis

Chad gad yo!

Josh Kurpies
Josh Kurpies
2 months ago

They’ve butted heads with the County Health Department, been cited by the City for Noise violations, and now the State’s ABC has filed against them for after-hour-consumption…..sounds like this business needs to get their act together or get out of town……

Marine
18 days ago
Reply to  Josh Kurpies

Awww ⚡️ Get over it ladies! Serving alcohol at 2am is barely a criminal offense … they go all night without incident in most European cities. Paris, London or Berlin … are we less civilized ?