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    Here’s a Look at the Renovations and Upgrades Coming to Gym Bar WeHo

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    New Gym Bar owners Erik Braverman and his husband, Jonathan Cottrell, have announced the renovations coming to the West Hollywood gay sports bar located at 8919 Santa Monica Boulevard. “Exciting News Alert!” reads a post on their Instagram account. “We are thrilled to unveil our sizzle reel showcasing the upcoming renovations at GYM Bar WeHo!”

    According to the new owners, “Our vision is crystal clear: to create an inclusive space that honors the past while embracing the future. We aim to elevate the experience for everyone who steps through our doors, fostering connections, camaraderie, and unforgettable moments.”

    In an email this morning, Braverman said that they are elevating the space while keeping the sense of local and community. “One thing Hi Tops and others don’t do is display anything of the local teams (college/pro/community leagues). We intend to integrate them into our overall look.”

    Changes will include:

    • All-new furniture
    • Upgraded and enhanced A/V system
    • A brand-new menu crafted by top chefs exclusively for us
    • Expanded restrooms for a more pleasant experience for all

    The bar closed for five days last week to start some of the upgrades. They said the changes will come in phases so that they don’t disrupt business hours. The renovations are designed by Carolyn Baylon Design.

    Erik Braverman, the openly gay senior vice president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, his husband Cottrell, and other investors under Bravecoot Ventures LLC, acquired Gym Sportsbar and Grill in West Hollywood back in March (also known as Gym Bar).

    Braverman and Cottrell are West Hollywood residents. They both exchanged vows in front of close friends and family at Dodger Stadium in January 2022.

    Gym Sportsbar dates back to 2005 when it first opened as Gym Bar in NY. The WeHo location first opened on October 2, 2009, at 8737 Santa Monica Boulevard. It closed at that location shortly after celebrating 10 years in 2022. It reopened a few blocks away at its current location as Gym Sportsbar and Grill in 2021.

    Rick Schmutzler, one of the founders of Gym Sportsbar, expressed confidence in Braverman and Cottrell, stating they are well-positioned to lead Gym Sportsbar into the future with new partnerships and opportunities. With over a decade of operation in Los Angeles and a recent relocation to West Hollywood, Schmutzler is stepping away from the business, trusting Braverman and Cottrell to guide its trajectory.

    Operating a bar entails significant effort, but Braverman and Cottrell affirm their readiness for the task ahead, supported by their entire investment team.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    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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    20 days ago

    All of weho is inclusive. Renderings look fantastic. Hope it’s a laid back vibe.

    Jerome Cleary
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    20 days ago


    John Cleese
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    19 days ago

    I hope that fence around the patio is reinforced so those leaning it while loitering on the sidewalk don’t collapse it and crush innocent customers.

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