EAGLE ROCK — The Planning Department will look into changing a city ordinance that requires new restaurants, bars and other Colorado Boulevard businesses to close by 9 p.m.
The Los Angeles City Council this morning approved a motion instructing the Planning Department to report on the feasibility of amending the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan Ordinance, which prohibits new businesses from operating between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. unless they obtain special city permission. Many of the new businesses were not aware of or had ignored the restriction until a new Eagle Rock bar and restaurant got in trouble over violating the ordinance, triggering complaints from business owners and prompting Councilman Jose Huizar to introduce the motion.
“By lifting these hour restrictions, we are allowing them to compete directly with local cities and keeping business, customers and tax dollars in Eagle Rock and the City of Los Angeles,” Huizar said in a statement.
But don’t expect new businesses to begin extending their hours anytime soon. The Planning Department still has to research the issue and hold public meetings and hearings before any changes can be submitted to the full City Council for review.