EAGLE ROCK — New bars and restaurants on Colorado Boulevard will now be able to stay open later at night and open earlier in the morning after the City Council amended an ordinance today that had restricted operating hours.
Many new businesses were limited to hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., putting them at a disadvantage against older establishments as well as bars and restaurants in neighboring Glendale and Pasadena, which have no such limits.
“By lifting these hour restrictions, we are allowing local businesses on Colorado Boulevard to compete directly with nearby cities and keeping business, customers and tax dollars in Eagle Rock and the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Jose Huizar in a statement.
The City Council amended an ordinance that had been credited with creating a more lively Colorado Boulevard. But it also contained a provision that all new businesses – including restaurants and bars – needed special city permission to operate after 9 p.m. or before 7 a.m.
Many of the new businesses have never bothered to get that permission or are simply ignoring the curfew in the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan Ordinance.
The mandatory closing time applied to businesses that opened after the 1992 ordinance went into effect. The provision requiring city permission to operate between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. went pretty much unnoticed until a new Eagle Rock sports bar – 5 Line – got in trouble over the issue.