The intersection of Glendale Boulevard and Montana Street in Echo Park is far from a tranquil place. Cars and trucks constantly rush past the corner. Metro buses groan to a stop as they pick up and drop off passengers. Occasionally the words “Can I take your order?” can be heard coming the direction of the KFC drive-thru. So, who would be bothered by the opening up of a new restaurant with a roof-top terrace here? Well at least one resident has taken issue with a proposal to allow a restaurant to host live entertainment into the early morning hours.
The restaurant would be built on a triangular parcel at Glendale Boulevard and Montana Street where developer Sammy Kahen has been trying for several years now to attract a tenant to the former gas station property. It’s not clear if Kahen has leased the proposed building but earlier this year he enlisted the help of hired high-profile restaurant designer Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft Group to come up with a concept that would win over residents and a tenant.
After receiving a notice of a March 21 public hearing on the project, a woman named Sonia who lives on the other side of Glendale Boulevard expressed her concern about the additional noise the restaurant would generate:
We’ve owned our home for five years now … We’re a block away from the site. I’m mostly worried about the sound. Echo Park is true to its name, it echoes. We can hear weird things, the police firing range, bands playing on rooftops and a train every once in a while. I’m also worried about added traffic and unsafe streets, but not as much. I really don’t want a night club with loud music playing all night going in a block away from me.
On Thursday, the city’s Planning Department will hold a public hearing to review the property owner’s request for a permit with conditions to serve beer and wine and hold live entertainment from 6 a.m.until midnight on Sunday through Thursdays and from 6 a.m. to 1 am. on Friday and Saturdays.