The West Hollywood Planning Commission reviewed an application at their meeting Thursday for a new “neighborhood” bar on the western end of WeHo.
The Bar Next Door, as developers have dubbed it, will occupy 9159 Sunset Blvd., a 1,300-square foot space on the corner of Cory Ave. The bar is expected to operate from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily; the proposed establishment will forgoes an outdoor patio for dining/smoking, and will not include a dancefloor or any live entertainment.
“The applicant’s vision is really to provide a quiet neighborhood bar for people of all walks of life to come and congregate and have a drink,” said Dereck Purifacion with the city’s planning staff. “They’re not interested in competing with the clubs on the strip.”
“I rather love the idea of a small neighborhood bar,” said Commission Chairperson Lynn Hoopingarner, “our own little sort of version of Cheers.” Hoopingarner made a motion to proceed with the agenda item’s recommendations.
The commissioners’ questions focused on potential noise the bar would create and how to mitigate it. The discussed arrangements that would prevent glass bottles from being noisily disposed of in the middle of the night, and slam-prevention on a back door facing the neighborhoods.
Commissioner Lombardi wondered whether the building’s low occupancy and its high visibility would engender long wait lines outside the bar.
“All you need are one or two really amazing Instagramable drinks,” he said.
Commissioner Marquita Thomas praised the applicant, Lawrence Longo, and his shared enthusiasm for the city’s goals.
“I just wanted to say that I know that it’s been directed by city council but the city has not officially implemented an ordinance for unisex bathrooms so I just wanted to commend you for being forward-lookin and being aware of our community needs,” she said.
The Commission ultimately decided that the project was well worth the commotion it might potentially generate, and they passed the motion unanimously.