Beach Nation, the restaurant at Santa Monica Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue, wants to rehabilitate the burger stand that was formerly home to WeHo’s burger joint Irv’s.
A public hearing on the proposal will take place at the city’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. near Fuller.
Beach Nation is requesting a “Certificate of Appropriateness” from the commission for the project, which would allow it to enclose a portion of the rear covered patio, add a separate dry storage structure and build an outdoor dining counter integrating the burger stand with the Beach Nation restaurant. Beach Nation is also asking that a requirement to add another parking space be waived.
In its staff report, the city of West Hollywood recommends that the commission approve the project.
A certificate of appropriateness is needed because the burger stand was designated as a “local cultural resource” in 2005. In 2011, the commission voted to allow certain improvements to the burger stand, including repairing the roof, replacing a fence and replacing picnic table umbrellas.
“Also permitted was a tenant improvement that allowed the conversion of the vacant 998-square-foot detached auto repair structure located in the rear of the property into Beach Nation with outdoor dining and related site and landscaping improvements. The construction was completed in early 2014. Additionally, the approval included a waiver of all required 17 parking spaces for the new restaurant,” the staff report says.
The report concludes that the proposed work “will neither adversely affect the significant architectural features of the cultural resource nor adversely affect the character or historic, architectural, aesthetic interest, or value of the cultural resource and its site …
“Staff supports the waiver of one parking space as a rehabilitation incentive as this parking reduction will not be detrimental to the surrounding neighborhoods and because the proposed rehabilitation and site improvements to the former Irv’s Burger stand aim to achieve a complimentary and cohesive aesthetic for the entire site, while maintaining the original integrity of the resource. Overall, the proposed project will improve the aesthetic, architectural and historic integrity of the designated resource and the entire property.”
WEHOville.com contacted Beach Nation for comment, but a publicist representing the restaurant did not comment beyond confirming that Beach Nation is in the process of obtaining a liquor license.
Irv’s, which was evicted in October, reopened this year at 7998 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Laurel. It was forced to move when its landlord, Standard Oil Investment Management, raised its rent and demanded that it pay for repairs to the structure. Standard Oil also owns the adjacent lot, where Beach Nation is now located. The eviction sparked protests among many local residents. Beach Nation, designed by noted restaurant designer Thomas Schoos, opened in May.