In a surprise Facebook update, chef Mark Gold announced the imminent closure of Eva restaurant on Beverly unless he is able to raise $12,000 in help from supporters by Thursday. This comes shortly after Gold left to stage for a month at the world-famous Noma under Rene Redzepi. The full text is below:
HELP SAVE EVA!!! WE NEED TO RAISE $12k BY THURSDAY TO KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN!!! WE ARE REQUIRED TO FILE AN APPEAL WITH THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES TO RELOCATE 4 PARKING SPACES. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR LIQUOR LICENSE WITHOUT IT, AND WE WILL HAVE TO CLOSE. THE BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOME ASSOCIATION IS BEHIND THIS. THIS IS URGENT. SEND ANYTHING YOU CAN TO EVA RESTAURANT, AND WE WILL GiVE YOU HALF THE DONATION IN CREDIT AT EVA.PLEASE FORWARD TO EVERYONE!!!!! ANY AMOUNT WILL HELP! WE HAVE 1400 LIKES ON FACEBOOK. $10 FROM EVERYONE WOULD BE PLENTY... THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I HOPE WE CAN MAKE IT...
Gold later posted an address (of the restaurant) so that supporters could leave their donations. There's already a storm of comments, local restaurateurs and fans of Eva offering support, though an online payment system hasn't been set up yet. Despite great reviews and their recent third year anniversary, this time it's a permit issue, where their liquor license will be revoked without the appropriate number of parking spaces. As more information about exact cause of the impending closure has yet to be unearthed, it looks like the beloved neighborhood restaurant might fall victim to endless and needless bureaucracy unless it raises the necessary funds.
[UPDATED] According to a comment posted by Chef Mark Gold, the restaurant was required to have seven parking spaces in order to maintain their liquor license. After filing a variance to move four spaces to the post office nearby, the City Planning Commission denied the request. Now Eva only has a week to file an appeal. Gold blames the Beverly Wilshire Homeowners Association for the bulk of the problem.
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