It was a crowded Sunday Funday, February 5, 2023, in the City of West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District. The 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, recognizing the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, but the party was happening on Santa Monica Boulevard in WeHo.
The weather was sunny in the 60s and city’s OutZones at some restaurant and bars were packed. Patrons clamored to Hi Tops, Micky’s WeHo, Rocco’s, Motherlode and The Abbey for drinks, drag queens, and go-go dancers with friends.
The Boombox event with host Stefano Rosso, offered a lineup of DJs, Go-go dancers and drink specials at Micky’s WeHo.
Rocco’s Roccettes celebrated their two-year anniversary with their popular Drag Brunch. Two shows take over the boulevard and use the Pride Progress Crosswalk as a catwalk to make an entrance.
The Abbey hosted Sunday Service Drag Brunch with hostess Misty Violet and special performances by Lauren Bannall, Calypso Jete and Miss Kendoll at 12pm.
Beaches WeHo hosted Sharkbait with hosts Nyx and LaCienega Boulevardez. There were two shows, one at 12pm and the other at 3pm.
Hi Tops attracted a large crowd on the boulevard around 3pm and is a prime example of OutZones being put to good use.
And speaking out OutZones, West Hollywood community members have a chance in support or against why the city should keep the outdoor dining option permanent in some of the businesses.
The City of West Hollywood will review Agenda Item 5.A. to discuss the process, guidelines, and policies regarding making the restaurant OutZones permanent in the city of West Hollywood at a regular West Hollywood city council meeting scheduled for Monday, February 6, starting at 6pm
City Staff is recommending the City Council adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 11.28 regarding outdoor dining in the public right of way, authorizing the Director of Finance & Technology Services to allocate $25,000 from unallocated reserves in General Fund to 100-3-40-41-531005 for the development of the Outdoor Dining Eligibility and Site Design Guide and related costs, and Staff will provide any feedback, if necessary, on the proposed updates, including the eligibility criteria and design standard.
Nice piece in support of the OutZones. What most people are against is that businesses are getting free encroachment into the public right of way. The sidewalk is now a very difficult narrow path to navigate. The zones were created as a temporary solution to the pandemic, and now that we are out of the pandemic, these should be removed. The sidewalk was widened 20 years ago to give pedestrians a comfortable sidewalk to walk on and now pedestrians forced to navigate a non-linear, wood plank experience.