Two Echo Park Avenue businesses – Fix Coffee in Elysian Heights and the under-construction Red Hill restaurant – picked up the support of the neighborhood council’s planning committee as they seek to sell beer and wine. In addition, the land use committee of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council also backed a beer and wine permit for another Echo Park restaurant, Xoia Vietnamese Eats*, on Sunset Boulevard, but postponed a decision on a beer and wine license for a proposed 7-Eleven on Glendale Boulevard.
The issuance of more beer and wine licenses has generated some concern among Echo Park and Elysian Heights residents worried about public drunkenness, noise and rowdy behavior. News that Fix Coffee is seeking to apply to sell beer and wine has generated heated debate online and during a neighborhood meeting since the coffee house is located in primarily residential Elysian Heights and across from two schools.
Neighborhood council president Jose Sigala provided this summary of Wednesday’s nights actions:
Item # 1 – 7-Eleven: We voted to continue the item to October after hearing some of the mitigation measures they were proposing to address community and neighborhood council concerns. We also want to hear from the landlord.
Item # 2 – Fix Coffee: The committee voted to support the application on a 7-1-1 vote. We had over 20 people come out and speak in support. We also had a few community members speak in opposition. In my opinion Fix has done a commendable job in preparing their application and voluntary conditions. They agreed with my request to not have any alcohol sales on Saturdays until one hour after any scheduled event they have been previously notified by the school administration.
Item # 3: Xoia Vietnamese Restaurant received the support of the committee on 7-0-0 vote.
Item # 4: Red Hill Restaurant received the support of the committee with a condition to reduce alcohol sales hours from 1 am versus 2 am and a commitment to voluntarily ban single use plastic bags as part of their “take out” menu.
The land use committee’s vote must be reviewed by the full neighborhood council, which can advise and make recommendations but can’t enforce those decisions. Hearing officers with the Planning Department will review and issue decisions on those beer and wine applications.
- Hearing date set for Fix’s beer and wine permit. Echo Park Now
* Xoia is an Eastsider advertiser