The space at 3903 Sunset Boulevard near Hyperion Avenue has been vacant for more than five years since the laundry, which occupied about half of the building, closed. Meanwhile, the remaining half of the building was renovated and serves as the home for The Black Cat, an upscale bar and restaurant named after a gay bar that once occupied the same location. The building, constructed in 1939, was declared a city landmark because it was the scene of one of the nation’s first major gay rights demonstrations against police harassment of Black Cat patrons in the 1960s.
An online summary posted on the Planning Department’s website says the applicant, Mixed Company, LLC, wants city permits to sell beer and wine to be served at the restaurant. Beer and wine would also be sold to-go. The 2,700-square-foot restaurant will have a total of 60 seats indoors and 60 seats out.
The owners of The Black Cat had previously indicated they were trying to open a new restaurant next door but it’s not clear if they are involved at this time.