Atwater & Echo Park alcohol-related hearings on tap this week*

Proposed Atwater brewery site

Proposed 7-Eleven site

The public will have an opportunity on Wednesday to weigh in on a proposed brewery in Atwater Village and a planned convenience store in Echo Park that are seeking to sell alcohol.

Echo Park 7-Eleven *

The 7-Eleven chain is seeking a city permit that would allow beer and wine sales from a proposed Echo Park outlet at the southeast corner of Glendale Boulevard and Berkeley Street.  The 24-hour store would sell beer and wine to go from 6 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. under a conditional use permit.  Some nearby residents have raised concerns that the opening of a 24-hour convenience store selling beer and wine in the existing minimall would worsen traffic congestion on Berkeley and attract more homeless to the area. Officials from the chain said that it would be unlikely for the store to open if  beer and wine are not allowed. If residents cannot attend the public hearing to comment on the permit application, they can do so in writing by contact Jae Kim at the Planning Department. Click here for contact information and hearing notice details.

Atwater Village brewery

In a separate public hearing on Wednesday,  the owners of a proposed new brewery and restaurant in north Atwater Village are seeking approval to serve beer and wine in an approximately 150-seat restaurant and beer tasting room connected to the brewery. The Eastsider reported in May that Tony Yanow, who is opening the giant Mohawk Bend restaurant in Echo Park,  was preparing to open the 100,000-barrel a year brewery and restaurant in an industrial strip along  San Fernando Road and the 134 Freeway.  The public hearing on Wednesday will review the request by Yanow’s L.A. Brewing to serve beer and wine on the premises and sell items to go from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Residents who want to respond in writing to L.A. Beer’s permit request can contact  Jordan Turner at the Planning Department.  Click here for contact information and hearing notice details.

* Update: 7-Eleven plans to ask to have the hearing postponed by two months, according to a comment to this post from Echo Park neighborhood council President Jose Sigala.

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  1. Dear Neighbors,

    Below is an email from the Applicants representatives regarding the proposed 7-11 at Glendale and Berkeley in Echo Park.

    The neighborhood council urged them to continue the item until the neighborhood council had an opportunity to weigh in on the matter.

    GEPENC’s Planning, Public works, Parks and Land Use committee will be meeting on Wednesday, August 10th to review the item before making a recommendation to the full Board of Governors at the August Board meeting.

    Please stay tuned for the committee agenda.



    Email from Ralph Deppisch

    “Please be advised— Regarding the above case # I wanted to inform you that on Wednesday of this week, July 27, we are scheduled to have a hearing to seek a CUP for the sale of beer and wine as well as a 24 hour of operation as this site is subject to the Commercial Corner Ordinance.

    Both myself and a Ms.Tara Devine have been recently hired by 7-11 to assist them in seeking approvals for sites that they would like to open up new and improved 7-11 locations ( which I would like to be able to review as to how and why 7-11 is in the process of upgrading their current operation).

    As a result of this recent hiring we will be requesting a postponement of the hearing and will be seeking up to a 2 month continuance when we meet with the associate zoning administrator.

    We are requesting this delay so that we may be able to better respond to your communities questions and concerns that we believe have not been adequately addressed up to this time.

    7-11 is making a conscientious effort to better brand their operations and provide more community supported services as well as being a more community oriented “neighbor”.

    I look forward to being able to schedule a time to meet with you and your Council soon after we have be granted a postponement–Hopefully you will get this email in time to notify others as well.

    I apologize for this late notice and assure you that the timing of this request will NOT happen again on future possible hearings.”

    Kind regards,

    Ralph W. Deppisch

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