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    La Boheme Restaurant Wants to Turn Out Zone Parking Lot into Permanent Dining Area

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    The City of West Hollywood is hosting a virtual neighborhood meeting to discuss La Boheme Restaurant’s request to permanently convert their Out Zone temporary outdoor dining area (originally a surface parking lot servicing the restaurant) into a permanently improved outdoor dining area with upscale elevated design, landscaping, amenities and built in noise mitigation.

    The scope of work being considered for La Boheme restaurant located at 8400 Santa Monica Boulevard, includes the construction of a new detached building to provide additional bathrooms facilities for the outdoor dining area that will also further buffer sound, modification to perimeter walls that currently surround the surface parking lot, including walls on the south and southeast perimeters to mitigate sound, mature and verdant landscaping, elegant ironwork and furnishings and to permit alcohol service.

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    Currently, the existing parking space is being utilized as outdoor dining as approved by the Temporary Out Zone Permit. This application seeks to improve, reconfigure and make the outdoor dining area permanent.

    The virtual meeting is set to take place on January 10, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.. Those interested in participating and viewing the view the neighborhood meeting via the ZOOM platform, may do so as follows:

    Call-in Number: +1 669-900-6833
    Zoom Meeting ID: 854 4925 0925

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85449250925

    For those who would like to provide written comment, or may need further information they my do so as follows:

    To better facilitate the remote meeting, members of the public who wish to comment are strongly encouraged to submit an E-Mail with their comments to the project representative:

    Applicant Representative:
    Mark E. Lehman
    (310) 919-4180 | [email protected]

    Project Planner:
    Roger Rath, Associate Planner
    323-848-6425 | [email protected]

    la boheme out zone in 2020 – via Facebook

    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.

    The program was expanded and given a fresh, new name: OUT Zones (Outdoor Use Temporary Zones). These temporary expansions provided outdoor commercial space in public right-of-way for restaurants, shops, and personal care establishments to move operations outside to ensure social (physical) distancing and meet with health orders from the state and the county. More than 60 West Hollywood businesses participated in the temporary OUT Zone program.

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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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    Gar
    Gar
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    6 months ago

    Who is going to bus all those extra tables? Should the customers bus them and wash their own dishes too? Sounds like a plan.

    KoWeho
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    Reply to  Gar
    6 months ago

    You eat off it, you wash it. It is a new business model in the restaurant industry…….

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    6 months ago

    The main question is if this was a new business would the full capacity including the new patio where a parking lot was meet the city’s parking requirements. While I have had issues with the manager and his narcissistic personality, I love investment in weho as long as no special considerations are given unless they are waived for all.

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    6 months ago

    It’s their parking lot so yes they should be allowed to continue to use it. If you don’t like La Boheme don’t go there. It’s really that simple. Nobody forces you to support their business and nobody forces their workers to work there. There are a lot of drama queens on here posting garbage.

    Kevin
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    Reply to  Natasha
    6 months ago

    If the parking lot allowed them to operate at their past indoor and outdoor capacity,( I.e. meeting code) even though it is their land the use has to be defined.

    TomSmart
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    6 months ago

    Take the roof off your current building. There you go, outdoor dining! Yur welcome.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    6 months ago

    100% support this! It’s their parking lot after all. Lisa VanderPump did the same thing with “her” parking lot at PUMP.

    Last edited 6 months ago by Enough!
    Weho artist
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    6 months ago

    La Boheme has to be the tackiest restaurant in West Hollywood.

    Like another commenter said- they have been crying about the new minimum wage for over a year now- even “laying off every busboy in order to survive” and they somehow want to expand?

    This makes no sense at all. I make sure to tell everyone I know not to support this restaurant. The CEO is delusional.

    Foggy eyed guy
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    6 months ago

    Outrageous. They fired their busboys because they couldn’t afford them, but they can afford to expand? GTFO!!! So fraudulent. This is why people hate that place so much. They are the worst. The city should deny them their request. They don’t owe them a thing.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Foggy eyed guy
    6 months ago

    How are they expanding? They use the parking lot now.

    Kevin
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    Reply to  Natasha
    6 months ago

    By making it permanent, adding fixed structures and bathrooms. This changes it from a conditional use.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Kevin
    6 months ago

    There are restaurants all over WEHO that don’t have parking. Does Catch have parking? Does Craig’s have parking. Does Great White have parking? Does Gracias Madre have parking? The list goes on and on and on. This is making a big deal out of nothing simply because drama queens on here have a stick up their rear end about the manager of La Boheme. If you don’t like their business do not support it. If their employees are unhappy working there they should absolutely quit and work elsewhere. Apparently others are supporting it because they want to expand their capacity.

    Kevin
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    Reply to  Natasha
    6 months ago

    I don’t think you understand. Almost all restaurants and businesses need to have parking provisions based on their capacity etc. Having their own physical lot is one way, but having enough spaces on the street, or in a structure etc is another way. The city planning commission determines if the provision is met. If the lot La Boheme wants to convert was how they met their parking requirements, they need a variance to make it something else. I don’t think they should get it if others don’t. If it was not needed to meet the requirements, build it out! That’s… Read more »

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Kevin
    6 months ago

    3/4 of the businesses in West Hollywood don’t have any parking. Isn’t there a parking structure across the street? Where are they parking cars now? Does the Abbey have parking? That place holds a lot of people yet they don’t have a single parking space. The same goes for businesses all over the city. I don’t see people on here demanding the Abbey have parking. What about all the restaurants on Melrose or the businesses on Melrose or Robertson? There are not that many street parking spots. Are we looking to try and keep businesses or not? Just what we… Read more »

    Weho artist
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    Reply to  Natasha
    6 months ago

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the owner of La Boheme gets indicted in the next year or two. So much shady stuff coming from that restaurant.

    Natasha
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    Reply to  Weho artist
    6 months ago

    Indicted for what? For serving mediocre food? For not having parking? For not supporting the new minimum wage law? You have more information you would like to share since you are basically accusing him of committing crimes? If you have details please share them.

    SIck of LaBoheme
    SIck of LaBoheme
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    6 months ago

    AND: still won’t dine there. Fuck La Boheme

    david
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    6 months ago

    This doesn’t sound like an OUTZone anymore. Rather it appears a new building addition. I would love to see how full the indoor dining is during their operational hours. If they actually are at capacity all the time and show they need both spaces for popularity purposes than let’s discuss but eliminating all on site parking requirements is foolish that any other restaurant can go ahead and do so if they please. No expanded bathroom facilities or tall walls! Remember that Pump had to go through serious planning to eliminate their on site parking at the corner of Robertson and… Read more »

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