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    Wide Open Spaces – Rocco’s WeHo Removes Out Zone Patio Area

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    It’s back to wide open spaces in front of Rocco’s WeHo, at 8900 Santa Monica Boulevard. The Out Zone patio area at the San Vicente Boulevard intersection was removed this past Wednesday, according to an employee. The removal of the all-too-familiar outdoor dining area has opened the sidewalk just in time for WeHo Pride, marking the end of an era post-COVID-19 pandemic.

    Businesses in West Hollywood’s Rainbow District will phase out their Out Zone patios this month. Restaurants like Tom Tom Restaurant, Beaches WeHo, Rocco’s, Fiesta Cantina, Trunks Bar, and the upcoming Roosterfish restaurant were not given the option by the City to make their Out Zone areas permanent.

    Rocco’s WeHo – WEHO TIMES
    Rocco’s WeHo – WEHO TIMES

    Laura Biery, the City of West Hollywood’s Economic Development Director, confirmed that while some businesses had the option to 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 by May 2024.

    West Hollywood restaurants Stache West Hollywood, located at 8941 Santa Monica Blvd, and Hi Tops WeHo, at 8933 Santa Monica Blvd, both decided to ditch their Out Zone patio areas at the beginning of this year.

    During the most acute stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of West Hollywood responded in a variety of creative ways to community needs as we all navigated the pandemic.

    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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    sdfsd
    sdfsd
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    1 month ago

    arent they supposed to be shuttering? wish a ‘restaurant’ would go in here. we have to many bars imo.

    Kiss it
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    1 month ago

    They sell food there plenty of good food. Why don’t you eat there and stop complaining and spend some money for once

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    1 month ago

    Such great news.

    West
    West
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    1 month ago

    Finally. The outzones set a bad precedent for the integrity of public commons, and were always a pointless exercise in security theater. Those of us who understood basic epidemiology then knew that optimizing immune health, staying home when sick, and ignoring the mass hysteria was the best remedy.

    The Real Zam
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    1 month ago

    Rocco’s is one of the few places where the OutZone was actually done right. The zone made for a much safer entrance and exit to the venue. It also allowed for those who need access to the ramp to enter / exit in the same way as everyone else. Without the zone, the ramp must be opened up every time someone with a disability enters or exits.

    MarkJohn
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    1 month ago

    Disagree… There should be a compromise here. The outdoor seating could be reduced but not eliminated. At a point where the wages have increased significantly the city has decided to eliminate additional seating for businesses.. There could and should be a compromise allowing bars and restaurants to maintain a portion of the outdoor seating. Think Europe… outdoor seating is common place. Give the businesses a break and allow some sidewalk seating. It helps reduce the opportunity for the unhoused to camp out (apparently which the city and state cannot move them along)

    Jim Nasium
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    1 month ago

    The SVB side has a large outdoor seating area. Much of the SMB side also has outdoor seating. Think America.

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    1 month ago

    Finally!! Good news!

    Jim Nasium
    Jim Nasium
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    1 month ago

    Finally! A great day for the City.

    DavidJ
    DavidJ
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    1 month ago

    It should be removed everywhere along SM Blvd. The purpose is long past. Pride is coming, lots of people walking, we need more pedestrian space. The robot food delivery will be happy too.

    Jerome Cleary
    Jerome Cleary
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    1 month ago

    Finally

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