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The Pawn Shop Modifies Requested Hours

The Pawn Shop, a proposed sports bar and restaurant at the corner of Melrose and Cahuenga is modifying its application to 9 am to 2 am.

The Pawn Shop, a proposed sports bar and restaurant located at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Cahuenga Blvd, will amend its application to open three hours later, according to developer Diego Torres-Palma. They have filed the formal request to amend the hours from 6 am – 2 am to 9 am – 2 am and will announce it at the virtual hearing scheduled on the project this Thursday, June 6th at 9:30 AM. Click here for the agenda.

“We are making this change to address the concerns raised about the Wagon Wheel School even though most of the games are on the weekend,” Torres-Palma told the Buzz. “We will open our hearing on June 6 with our amendments so it’s publically heard.”

“It’s a start,” Cindy Chvatal-Keane, President of the Hancock Park Homeowners Association told the Buzz. “But we are still looking for a parking and security plan. We think the hours should be limited to 11 am to 11 pm. These hours are consistent with other nearby restaurants with full bars. The noise and the potential for increased crime make the applicant’s requested bar hours unacceptable to the adjacent residential areas. And, we have asked the developer to meet with us annually to review concerns with the Hancock Park neighborhood leadership.”

Click here to read the entire letter from the Hancock Park Homeowners Association has written a letter to the Planning Department outlining their concerns.

Torres-Palma said heard the concerns expressed about the late hours and intends to operate more conventional hours like most restaurants in the area but wants the flexibility to open during high-profile sporting events that are often played in different time zones like the World Cup.

“We don’t want to be a club, there will be no live music and no cover charges. We want to run a sports-themed bar and restaurant with elevated food from an award-winning chef,” said Torres-Palma, who lives in Windsor Saure and is an avid tennis player. He’s a member of the Los Angeles Tennis Club, where he serves on the club’s board as chair of the master planning committee. “We plan to have large screen TVs that are programmed with traditional sports, as well as hard-to-find sports.”

5901 Melrose in 1934 when it was a Cut Rate Drugs store.

Torres-Palma said he’s excited about restoring the classic 1930s commercial building into a quality restaurant establishment that will improve the current location and provide a valued food and beverage service amenity for the surrounding community. The project has won the support of the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council

Keeping the original unreinforced brick building is more time-consuming and more expensive but Torres-Palma prefers to keep the old building and give it a new life. With all the housing projects being developed nearby, we asked why he didn’t want to build housing on the site.

“The whole ethos of our company is to do projects that have community impact,” explained Torres-Palma.”We solve for impact and we can have a greater impact with a sports bar/restaurant that becomes a community gathering place where people just live life. They can meet friends, and family, or maybe meet your future spouse, who knows! Instead of one person coming and going, we can create jobs and impact tens of thousands of people over the course of a year.”

If the CUP is approved, Torres-Palma hopes to begin construction in July and open within the next nine months.

To participate in the hearing on Thursday, Click here for a link to the meeting. Enter Meeting ID: 857 6519 2714 and Passcode: 563278.

To join by phone: (669) 900 – 9128 or (213) 338 – 8477. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 85765192714#

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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