A city planning commission on Wednesday let stand a decision that would allow Fix Coffee in Elysian Heights to serve beer and wine and host live entertainment, according to residents. The East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission voted 4-0 against an appeal filed by Susan Borden, one of the residents who has opposed an effort by Fix Coffee to obtain the necessary city and state permits.
Borden filed the appeal after Associate Zoning Administrator Maya Zaitzevsky decided last November to grant Fix a conditional use permit that would allow beer and wine sales as part of an expansion of the Echo Park Avenue cafe. Opponents of the beer and wine permit – which have included Councilman Eric Garcetti and school board member Monica Garcia – 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, Zaitzevsky said in her decision.
Despite Wednesday’s victory before the planning commission, Fix Coffee still needs to obtain a state beer and wine license.