According to Liquor License details in the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) website, license number 649175 is pending for Roro’s Liquor Inc at 8850 Sunset Blvd, the former home of Terner’s Liquor Store on the Sunset Strip.
Roro’s Liquor is listed as a California Stock Corporation that has been active since July 13, 2022. The Registered Agent on file for this company is David Sherian, located at 8800 W Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. The liquor license is transfering from Cork N Bib Liquor at 16261 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
Terner’s Liquor store officially closed on the Sunset Strip after servicing the West Hollywood community and greater Los Angeles area for the past 93 years. According to their website, they opened at 8850 Sunset Blvd in 1930 (it was called Turner’s in the early years). Its last day of operations was this past Friday, May 5, 2023.
The closure of Terner’s Liquor store came as no surprise to West Hollywood residents who are bracing themselves for a mixed-used development of the entire block at 8850 Sunset Boulevard, which will also see the demise of the original Viper Room.
However, the possible opening of Roro’s Liquor on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Larrabee Street is very surprising and raises questions on the real reason why Terner’s closed last month. There are also questions on the timeline when the development will begin and how long Roro’s will be open at the space before they get the boot from the coming development.
The future construction site is slated for the south side of the Sunset Strip between Larrabee Street and San Vicente Boulevard. The most recent pitch by Silver Creek Development aspires to build a mid-rise structure featuring a 113-room hotel with meeting rooms, amenities, retail, and a new space for the Viper Room, as well as 26 market-rate condominiums and eight units of affordable housing.
The original plans called for 115 hotel rooms with 41 condominiums and 10 affordable units. That original vision, designed by Morphosis, would have incorporated a pair of 200-foot-tall buildings bridged by a rooftop terrace featuring restaurant space and amenities.
Silver Creek, which acquired the 8850 Sunset site for $80 million in 2017, is expected to build the project over an approximately three-year period. However, a precise timeline for the development remains unclear.
Terner’s Liquor Store on the Sunset Strip was known for offering free local delivery daily until 2am with a broad product collection across spirits, wines, beers, and home good essentials. There is a second Terner’s Liquor store in Los Angeles at 8401 w 3rd Street, which is open for business and doesn’t plan to close any time soon.
Attempts to reach the owner at the 3rd Street location were unsuccessful. It is not yet clear and Roro’s Liquor will offer delivery. This story will update as more information is available.