Fix Coffee has been granted a city permit to serve beer and wine and to host live entertainment despite opposition from some Elysian Heights residents as well as councilman Eric Garcetti and school board president Monica Garcia. Opponents said they were concerned about the proximity of beer and wine being served across the street from Elysian Heights Elementary school in addition to a shortage of street parking, noise and other issues.
However, beer and wine sales have been allowed near other schools in the Echo Park and Silver Lake area, said Associate Zoning Administrator Maya Zaitzevsky in a decision granting a permit with a long list of conditions. “The proximity to these uses is not reason enough to deny the request,” Zaitzevsky said.
The conditional-use permit, however, can be appealed and Fix still needs to obtain a state-issued alcohol license.
Those who want to appeal can do so until Nov. 28, according to a Planning Department official.
Susan Borden, who has helped lead efforts against the beer and wine permit, said the fight is not over. “I have consistently opposed alcohol licenses in Elysian Heights and though disappointed, I shall continue to work with my neighbors and elected officials to preserve the character of our neighborhood.”
The permit granted by the city is conditioned upon many restrictions, including those that limit hours when beer and wine can be sold and what type entertainment – acoustic music, in this case – can be provided. Fix would need to reapply for the permit after five years to continue to serve beer and wine.