Nightly parties at Santa Monica’s popular lounge The Parlor will now come to an early end, thanks to complaints by neighbors and ensuing action by The Planning Commission. Arguments mostly centered on The Parlor’s noise-generating balcony and the city-controlled parking lot behind The Parlor where inebriates would gather loudly and sometimes stumble onto nearby properties to urinate, according to neighbors who spoke with the Santa Monica Daily Press. A decision by the Planning Commission now qualifies The Parlor as a restaurant, subject to different rules, including the sale of food to be required with alcohol consumption and the limiting of alcohol sales. The club will now close at midnight on weekends and 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and has to reduce its seating allowance and parking fees so the city-owned lot can compete. Failure to heed the new rules within 90 days could result in The Parlor’s shutdown, though it is unlikely as the Planning Commission has never successfully taken that step.
Sports Bar Forced to Scale Back [Santa Monica Daily Press]