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    Turns Out All Outdoor Dining OUT Zones Along the Rainbow District Will Phase Out in May

    Experience outdoor dining at OUT Zone patios in West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District along Santa Monica Blvd while you still have the chance. Last week, we shared a story about Stache WeHo and Hi Tops WeHo choosing to remove their outdoor dining OUT Zones, situated in the heart of West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District. We mentioned that these establishments had the option to make their OUT Zones permanent. However, it appears that the only choice for these two restaurants was to conclude their OUT Zone patio dining areas prematurely. The OUT Zone program is phasing out for most of these businesses, with the cutoff date set for May 2024.

    Hi Tops WeHo reverts to pre-COVID-19 patio area – WEHO TIMES

    “To clarify, we were not given the option to make our parklet permanent because we are located in the Rainbow District,” a story posted on Hi Top’s Instagram account stated. “The city has given all of us until May, but we decided to remove ours early.”

    “We will miss our outzone, but we are also excited for those K-Rails to be gone,” the WeHo restaurant and bar added.

    West Hollywood OUT Zone concrete K-rails – WEHO TIMES

    Laura Biery, the City of West Hollywood’s Economic Development Director, confirmed that while some businesses can apply to make their OUT Zones permanent, businesses on streets with sidewalks greater than or equal to 19 feet deep do not have this option. Therefore, businesses in the City’s Rainbow District along Santa Monica Boulevard must revert to pre-COVID-19 sidewalk allowances, and this must be completed by May 2024. While businesses along this block may choose to revert early, they have until May 2024 to comply.

    This means that Tom Tom Restaurant, Beaches WeHo, Rocco’s, Fiesta Cantina, Trunks Bar, and the upcoming Roosterfish restaurant all have approximately four months to remove their OUT Zone patio areas.

    West Hollywood OUT Zone patio dining – WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood OUT Zone patio dining – WEHO TIMES
    West Hollywood OUT Zone patio dining – WEHO TIMES

    Some will rejoice to have open sidewalks again in the Rainbow District, while others will miss dining outdoors in the OUT Zones.

    Other businesses, like La Boheme restaurant, have the option to make theirs permanent. The City of West Hollywood is hosting a virtual neighborhood meeting to discuss La Boheme’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.

    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.

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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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    Kevin
    Kevin
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    3 months ago

    Yeah! It will be so great to have the sidewalks back and the street back to normal.

    Johnjx on Hancock
    Johnjx on Hancock
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    3 months ago

    Great news! We widened the sidewalks on SMB a few years ago at great expense for a reason. Bars and restaurants have plenty of outdoor space even with pedestrians getting our sidewalks back! Now if we just didn’t have to fight those delivery robots for space!

    Weho artist
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    3 months ago

    When were they widened? I didn’t know this

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    3 months ago

    early 2000’s I believe. It was a huge project costing well over 30 million dollars at the time. The sidewalks were basically doubled, the street repaved and mediums installed among other upgrades. It transformed the rainbow district to BH.

    ThomasS
    ThomasS
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    3 months ago

    These became cruel danger zones. Someone must have filed a lawsuite or the county told them get rid of these this plywood sidewalks jeeez

    Tom
    Tom
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    3 months ago

    Good! This started out as a wonderful way to help restaurants and bars cope with the COVID mandates that would not allow indoor dining. It was never meant to be a giveaway of public land for private use to double their capacity. I am glad that the sidewalks are going to be given back to pedestrians and streets to vehicles )of all stripe.)

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    3 months ago

    Hooray! Happy to hear! Sidewalks back to the pedestrians! They were never meant to be permanent. It’s time.

    Manny
    Manny
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    3 months ago

    The picture above of Hi Tops is of their patio, not their “OutZone”. The OutZones are the added space in the street and/or curb portion of the sidewalk that have taken away short term parking and/or the walkable public right-of-way. The key word here is the “right” of the pedestrian to use the public sidewalk and for much needed short term parking that is within walking distance to your destination.

    The removal of these “OutZone” obstacles in the public space for the use of for-profit private business’ is long overdue.

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