The developer who is proposing a hotel for the site of Barney’s Beanery at Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive is holding another neighborhood meeting about the project.
The meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Palihouse, 8465 Holloway Drive at Hacienda Place. At the meeting there will be stations where information and illustrations of the proposed project are available and where residents can pose questions and offer feedback. Free parking will be available at the Kings Road garage at 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.
The developer is a joint venture between VE Equities and the owner of Barney’s Beanery.
The proposed hotel would have 113 rooms with a below-grade live music space and recording studio. It would replace the existing surface parking lot with approximately 244 underground parking spaces. The project also would include the existing Barney’s Beanery, which will be disassembled and then restored to its current location at the center of the site. The site now also houses the Niko Niko sushi restaurant.
A neighborhood meeting in July sparked complaints online from area residents and others who feared a new hotel would generate additional traffic and worried about how well Barney’s Beanery would be preserved.
Barney’s, which opened in 1927, is known for customers such as musicians Jim Morrison of the Doors and Janis Joplin, poet Charles Bukowski and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, who is said to have written the script for “Pulp Fiction” at Barney’s. It also is known for a sign that read “Fagots Stay Out.” That sign was removed in December 1984, days after West Hollywood was incorporated as its own city, by then-mayor Valerie Terrigno and the city council