Earlier this year, the small but well received Beer Bar at Rambutan Thai abruptly closed less than two months after it opened over a “zoning issue.” The Sunset Boulevard bar has remained closed since early March even though folks at Beer Bar said they expected to reopen in a couple of weeks. But the idea of opening a bar in the same Silver Lake strip mall has not gone away, however. Tonight, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Design & Preservation Committee will review a request for a city permit to allow Rambutan to expand into the vacant, 995-square-foot storefront next door for a 12-seat bar and 57 additional dining room seats, according to the meeting agenda. The permit would allow the bar to remain open from 11 am to 2 a.m.
Meanwhile, on the same agenda, Cowboys and Turbans restaurant, which is located on the same block, will also present its case for selling beer and wine.