SILVER LAKE — Plans for a new cafe on Bellevue Avenue and the addition of a new dining room at the Black Cat on Sunset Boulevard have raised concern about a decrease in street parking and an increase in noise and congestion in the surrounding neighborhoods.
In the south end of Silver Lake, residents have raised concerns about Bedouin, a proposed cafe that would serve alcohol and stay open late in middle of what is now primarily a residential area. A resident named Nicole who lives near the proposed cafe at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and London Street said her section of Silver Lake is quiet and sleepy, and she wants to keep it that way.
“This is not a party neighborhood with people walking around and being loud outside,” she said in an email of her neighborhood. “I am sure that 16 tables outdoors would echo and keep babies up crying, dogs barking, and people awake. This is not fair; we did not rent our apartment on Sunset Boulevard or Hollywood Boulevard. We chose our street because it was quiet and secluded away from businesses.”
On Wednesday night, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Governing Board will hold a special meeting to review the Bedouin’s request that would allow it to convert the corner office building into a cafe and serve alcohol. Click here for meeting details.
Meanwhile, on Sunset Boulevard, the owners of the Black Cat have generated some opposition by seeking city permission to serve alcoholic drinks in a new a 22-seat private dining room that would be constructed within the existing building. A Planning Department official will also consider a “deemed-to-be approved” permit that would allow alcohol to be served in conjunction with dancing and live entertainment until 2 a.m. The city’s Planning Department has scheduled a Sept. 2 public hearing to review the request and seek the public’s opinion.
Julie Adler, who lives near the Black Cat, said the Sunset Junction area is already “over-saturated with bars and [liquor] licenses” and is worried about the potential impact on nearby residents and businesses. “The trouble is, there is very little parking now,” she said in an email. “How will it be with these business overrunning the area, especially at night?”
Black Cat owner Charlie Conrad notes that dancing and live entertainment have taken place in the building for nearly 50 years under a succession of gay bars. “All we are adding is an additional dining room,” said Conrad. “The live entertainment and dancing permits are the existing permitted uses for The Black Cat, which have been in place at this address since the sixties.”
In fact, Conrad said, the Black Cat is seeking a maximum occupancy of 131 instead of the 193-person limit included in a previous permit.