Nightlife moguls Mark and Jonnie Houston are poised to unveil a new restaurant and bar named Mark & Jonnie’s Houston Gazette at the Doheny Room space located at 9077 Santa Monica Boulevard. According to records from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the identical twins have applied for a 47 – On-Sale General Eating Place and 58 – Caterer Permit, currently pending approval. They have been granted a temporary liquor license to host special events.
The Doheny Room website currently indicates that the restaurant and bar are temporarily closed; however, the space remains available for private events.
Born into a world of music and nightlife, the brothers have left their mark on the annals of Los Angeles club culture, following the footsteps of their mother, Ploenpidh Houston.
Los Angeles Magazine recounts Plo Houston’s legacy, which began with MonteCarlo, a renowned ’70s dive bar in Koreatown celebrated for its legendary jukebox. Subsequently, in the ’80s, she inaugurated Raji’s on Hollywood Boulevard, a cherished haunt for bands such as Black Flag, Guns N’ Roses, Green Day, and the Flaming Lips.
Drawing from their heritage, Mark and Jonnie have become fixtures of L.A.’s nightlife scene, drawing comparisons to the Winklevoss twins of “The Social Network” fame. The native Angelenos launched Piano Bar in 2008, swiftly followed by La Descarga, Harvard & Stone, Pour Vous, No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, Butchers and Barbers, and Break Room 86.
Their latest undertaking, Level 8, is situated on the 8th floor of the Moxy hotel in downtown L.A., encompassing 30,000 square feet featuring five restaurants, two cocktail bars, and one club, all interconnected by a network of “secret” entrances.
With a total of 10 clubs under their belt, the Houston brothers have set their sights on the city of West Hollywood. Mark & Jonnie’s Houston Gazette will be situated adjacent to the legendary Troubadour concert venue, near Doheny Boulevard at the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills gateway.