Who wants to go to a dry hotel where with absolutely no live entertainment or special events allowed? Who wants to do that in Silver Lake? That's a question that potential hotelier Dana Hollister (Villains Tavern, Brite Spot, 4100 Club) is probably looking to answer now that the LA Planning Department has approved her 25-room hotel in the old Pilgrim Church building, but denied the conditional use permits necessary to sell alcohol in the proposed restaurant, lounge, or bar—or even in the in-room mini-fridges, the Los Feliz Ledger says. To make matters worse, Planning also shot down the possibility for dancing, live entertainment, and "special event uses." This will be especially tricky since plans include a restaurant/bar/lounge with space for dancing and live music and a second-floor bar.
The neighbors at least must be pretty happy—many have been opposed to the hotel from the beginning, but seemed especially concerned about how much alcohol would be served there. The hotel's original design called for one more bar than current plans; that one was axed last year after community meetings.
It seems a little unfair that there can't be any alcohol at the hotel, considering that even churches serve booze (granted, it's a different kind of alcohol). Hollister and her team are "reviewing the decision and deciding their next best course of action," but today was the deadline to appeal the decision.
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