At a hearing last week in Division 40 of the Criminal Courts, Bungalow owner Albert Mizrahi was told to remove the chairs from his illegal restaurant before his next court date, August 14, where he will enter a plea in the criminal case according to LarchmontLA.com and the Larchmont Chronicle who both reported the proceedings. Reportedly Mizrahi told the court he would plead not guilty. City Attorney Serena Christion who is handling the case is on vacation and not available for further explanation.
The Bungalow opened in October 2009 after signing an agreement with the city promising to operate as “take-out” only with no tables and chairs. The city revoked their occupancy permit in December of 2009 for violating the agreement and filed criminal charges in January 2010. Shortly thereafter, the Bungalow sued the city saying it had illegally revoked their permit and effectively stopping the criminal case until the civil case was resolved. In January 2012, a judge found in favor of the city and the criminal proceedings were resumed. After series of delays, it appears the case might go to a jury in September. In the meantime, the Bungalow continues to operate illegally.
The Bungalow case is still of great interest to the Larchmont community because support for the City’s efforts to enforce zoning on Larchmont remains strong.