The City of Los Angeles’ criminal case against the Larchmont Bungalow goes before a judge Thursday, August 30, for a pre-trial hearing.
Reportedly, Bungalow owner, Albert Mizrahi’s new lawyer, Alan Fenster, will present a motion saying his client is being unfairly prosecuted. This is the argument Mizrahi has been making for the past three years – he’s not the only one violating the zoning, yet he’s being prosecuted.
The counter argument is that Mizrahi signed a covenant promising to operate as a take out restaurant, he violated the covenant and is being prosecuted accordingly. That’s the argument the City successfully used in the civil trial.
How do you feel about this issue?
Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended family...at one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.
3 thoughts on “Larchmont Bungalow Case Heads to Pre-Trial”
Violator he obviously is. The unfortunate truth is that the closing of the Bungalow will be a significant loss for Larchmont Village. It is attractive to young families and children (checkout Sunday mornings!)as well as to hundreds of regulars who come by during every day for snacks and meals. It has a broad menu with something for most tastes.
In general, I feel Mizrahi has not been good for Larchmont with his many real estate dealings and rent boosts. It is a shame that a more reputable group did not create the Bungalow in a legitimate way. It might have replaced the Avacado Grill Which had a less friendly and less attractive menu but, whose permit allowed tables and chairs.
Things change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not so much.
I wonder how many of those folks who line up at LB would be as enthusiastic if they realized that some of the less wonderful aspects that plague Larchmont now are the work of the same owner. I’m sure many could care less, but those of us who are long-time residents certainly know the negative effects of Mizrahi’s “investment.” We don’t have a hardware store anymore, but we have a walk in laser-surgery joint! I realize as I say this that that may not be one of Mizrahi’s buildings, but the net result of his aggressive rent-hiking(and other landlords following suit) is less useful neighborhood service, and actually less adventure as well – which is why we don’t have interesting retail experiments on a block that should be an incubator for small interesting businesses. On the other hand, maybe walk-in botox is an adventure….
Mizrahi and his group are lying scumbags for willfully violating our local zoning law. Ken, yes, the restaurant appears to attract many customers, but mostly from outside the neighborhood from what I can tell. Our zoning ordinance was created to serve of the needs of the neighborhood, not the people that come from afar to the Bungalow. I don’t want a boulevard filled with too many eateries and not a variety of stores that serves the needs of the community. Zoning laws are all about the needs of the community.