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    UPDATE: Stache and Hi Tops WeHo are Ditching their WeHo Out Zones… Early

    West Hollywood restaurants Stache West Hollywood, located at 8941 Santa Monica Blvd, and Hi Tops WeHo, at 8933 Santa Monica Blvd, have both ditched their Out Zone patio areas…early it turns out, returning the sidewalk to pedestrians and metered parking spaces back to the City of West Hollywood. All that remains are the concrete k-rails that will add several badly needed parking spaces in front of these establishments.

    The LGBT Rainbow District woke up to a wide open sidewalk on Route 66 this week, a move that signals a sense of normalcy in the streets of WeHo, post COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

    Hi Tops WeHo Out Zone in West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES
    Stache and Hi Tops remove West Hollywood Out Zones – WEHO TIMES
    Hi Tops West Hollywood Out Zone – WEHO TIMES
    Hi Tops WeHo – WEHO TIMES
    Stache and Hi Tops remove West Hollywood Out Zones – WEHO TIMES

    Stache and Hi Tops are the latest business to remove their Out Zones in WeHo. SUR Restaurant, partly owned by reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, also removed their Out Zone front patio last month. The restaurant, located at 606-614 N Robertson Blvd, scaled back the extended patio, which took up the entire sidewalk in front of the restaurant.

    SUR Restaurant – WEHO TIMES

    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.

    Editor’s note: Stache West Hollywood and Hi Tops WeHo chose to remove their Out Zones early. We reported here that they had the option to make them permanent, but have been informed by West Hollywood City Hall, that this is incorrect. Businesses in their zone in the City’s Rainbow District, along Santa Monica Boulevard, must conform to reverting back to pre-COVID-19 sidewalk allowances by May 2024. While some businesses do have the option to apply to make their OUT Zone long-term permanent, businesses on streets with sidewalks greater than or equal to 19 feet deep do not have this option. Stache and Hi Tops opted to end theirs early.

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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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    3 months ago

    Did the businesses pay for that space?
    Did they decide the permitting fee was not worth the benefit of extra space?

    ThomasS
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    3 months ago

    Finally the self entitled business came to their senses regarding public safety!
    What took so long did someone fall on the broken plywood or a disabled person filed a lawsuite. Cuz that’s what it takes.

    blasé indica
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    3 months ago

    Respectfully, this does not convey a sense of normalcy to me. It’s a triumph of a conservativism with people wanting things to feel like they did in a romanticized post instead of embracing potential futures. These parking spaces are NOT needed. I’d happily eliminate all street parking in exchange for permanent al fresco dining on the street. A permanent situation would inspire more attractive alternatives to the temporary setups we had. We could never get to something more attractive because of everyone wanting to feel like COVID never happened.

    Terry Meecham
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    Reply to  blasé indica
    3 months ago

    Agreed. Now having cars next to walking along the sidewalk is a complete downgrade to the enjoyment atmosphere.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    3 months ago

    finally! We have the sidewalks back! It’s about time!

    Foggy eyed guy
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    3 months ago

    The Abbey needs to give up that alleyway they use as storage. It’s one thing to shrink the sidewalks for these ugly outzones, it’s another to block a public street, especially if it is not being used for dining. When was they last time someone ate there?

    Foggy eyed guy
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    3 months ago

    La Boheme needs to give up that parking lot. They get a giant outdoor patio for dining and all that ungrateful owner could do is complain about the city that gave them that extra space.

    Enough!
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    Reply to  Foggy eyed guy
    3 months ago

    It’s their own parking lot.

    Weho artist
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    3 months ago
    Jim Nasium
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    3 months ago

    Parking lots are not zoned for dining even if it’s yours. Just like roofs aren’t for diving, driveways aren’t for helicopters, balconies can’t have roofs and backyards can’t be lumber yards. Believe it or not, you can’t do whatever you want.

    Enough!
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    3 months ago

    PUMP converted their parking lot into dining. It’s been done before. No reason why this business can’t do the same. And you’re right, you can’t do whatever you want…so that’s why they’re asking for permission to make the change (just like PUMP did).

    Last edited 3 months ago by Enough!
    Kevin
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    3 months ago

    Great news! These “patios” have out lived their individual use. They had become ugly, unsafe and made the street look trashy. Now we need Cafe La Boheme to return their parking lot back to parking.

    Chris
    Chris
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    3 months ago

    Do these sidewalks still get power washed? If so, with what frequency?

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    Reply to  Chris
    3 months ago

    Yes they need a good power washing! The city is horrible at keeping their sidewalks clean!

    Natasha
    Natasha
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    3 months ago

    Would be interesting to learn the actual reasons behind this move. Unusual for a business to give up this type of extra space for their business.

    ThomasS
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    I’m sure someone may have fallen on the broken wood walkway or filed a lawsuite.
    BTW this is not code compliance for a sidewalk but took 3 years? This is our city at work

    Weho Ric
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    It’s probably more about them not needing/using that extra space except a few nights on weekends and continued maintenance/improvements not worth it, I don’t think it was a tough decision but the outdoor space will be missed in the summer

    Jim Nasium
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    Reply to  Natasha
    3 months ago

    Because the temporary free giveaway of public property is over. They don’t want to pay and design a proper outdoor space with a concrete sidewalk for non-paying pedestrians.

    Manny
    Manny
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    3 months ago

    About time!

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