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    End of an Era: Final OUTZone Patios Removed from WeHo’s Rainbow District

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    The final four remaining OUTZone outdoor patios in West Hollywood’s Rainbow District were dismantled and removed this past week, marking the end of an era when outdoor patio dining spilled onto Santa Monica Boulevard during the pandemic. The OUTZone patios were taken down from Beaches WeHo, Tom Tom Restaurant, Fiesta Cantina, and Trunk’s Bar, all located within walking distance of each other.

    Beaches WeHo owner Jacob Shaw tells WEHO TIMES that he was able to work out a deal with Koontz Hardware next door and obtained permission to expand their patio area into their property line, so their patio area is wider than before the pandemic. Workers were seen on Wednesday taking the OUTZone apart and making adjustments.

    West Hollywood Rainbow District – WEHO TIMES

    Tom Tom Restaurant had to revert back to their previous patio space. The restaurant was also trying to meet a deadline to have the OUTZone patio removed by Thursday.

    West Hollywood Rainbow District – WEHO TIMES

    Trunks Bar had their seating area removed right after WeHo Pride weekend. The city also had the concrete K-rails removed, and cars are already taking advantage of the extra parking space in a spot where customers enjoyed drinks for these past three years.

    West Hollywood Rainbow District – WEHO TIMES

    Fiesta Cantina removed portions of their OUTZone but still needs to take down the wood paneling as of the posting of this piece.

    West Hollywood Rainbow District – WEHO TIMES

    Some businesses like La Boheme WeHo had the option to apply to make their OUTZone patios permanent. However, businesses on streets with sidewalks greater than or equal to 19 feet deep were not given this option. Therefore, businesses in the City’s Rainbow District along Santa Monica Boulevard were mandated to revert to pre-COVID-19 sidewalk allowances. They were given an extension to keep the OUTZones past WeHo Pride weekend. Some businesses, like Stache WeHo and Hi Tips, opted to end theirs early at the beginning of the year.

    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.

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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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    Toms
    Toms
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    1 month ago

    Suggest to call Weho city code compliance for violations 323 848 6516

    What About Dialog Cafe?
    What About Dialog Cafe?
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    1 month ago

    Dialog Café has the worst out zone! And though it may not be on Santa Monica Blvd., it is horrible! In addition to being ugly and dangerous, they have taken away several parking spaces. Are they getting a pass from the city? If so, why?

    angry gay pope
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    1 month ago

    If by “Worst” you mean it has given them the ability to triple their biz then I agree. Taking away parking spaces for diners, pedestrians and non-car owners like me is a plus.

    ThomasS
    ThomasS
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    1 month ago

    Beaches sucks disregard for the people cuz they have a closet for a bar

    John J.
    John J.
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    1 month ago

    Yay – we finally get our sidewalks back!

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    FINALLY!

    Jerome Cleary
    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    wow

    Jim Nasium
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    1 month ago

    Finally! The Beaches OutZone was one of the worst. Dismantled about 2 years too late. Gone for the Pride weekend crush of people (literally crush) would been a brilliant idea. But better late than never.

    John
    John
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    Reply to  Jim Nasium
    1 month ago

    This is still not any better. The walking path is very limited and not a clear 6foot wide path as was required

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    1 month ago

    Yeah!

    sam
    sam
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    1 month ago

    I don’t understand how Beaches and Pump/TomTom patios follow the outdoor dining guidelines since their walkways remain less than 6 feet in public right of way. Those paths have obstacles of trees and fire hydrants. The 2 businesses have their host stands outside of their rails. Also, Pump/Tom Tom have large decorative pots outside of their railings into public right of way. The same can be said now for Bottega Louie’s added pink planter hedges. Shouldn’t these businesses have their patios back to pre Covid allowances? Why did West Hollywood give these 2 establishments variances to the policies?

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    Reply to  sam
    1 month ago

    I think Bottega Louie added the potted plants to put a layer between the aggressive “Homeless“ and their customers. I don’t blame them for that. (and they look nice)

    Bill Robinson
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    Reply to  sam
    1 month ago

    I agree, only those 2 businesses have NOT reverted back to pre-covid patios. Guessing the city is still corrupt!!

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