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LA City Attorney Files Criminal Charges Against Three Hollywood Nightclubs

Plus, WeHo’s cannabis consumption lounges expands, Joe Biden visits South LA, and brunch at Hatchet Hall

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Mona Holmes Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater LA and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. In 2022, she was nominated for a 2022 James Beard Award.

Three Hollywood nightclubs in hot water

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed 60 criminal charges against the owners and operators of three Hollywood clubs this week. The three are Boulevard Nightlife Group’s Project Los Angeles, L’Scorpion, and the shuttered Rusty Mullet according to CBS-LA. Over the last few years, Feuer’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division targeted this area on Hollywood Boulevard east of Highland, in hopes of reducing illegal operations and violent crime. In May 2018, Feuer sued another Hollywood Boulevard restaurant that illegally operated as a strip club, and filed filed 40 criminal charges against the owners of Hollywood nightclub Playhouse in February this year. Playhouse was charged with serving drinks to underage club-goers, and was allegedly the location for theft, armed robberies, assaults, and a 20-person brawl.

Behind the effort to bring extra attention to the Sunset Strip

Variety wrote about the Sunset Strip and the current effort to bring new business and glitter back to the neighborhood. The Strip was the West Hollywood centerpiece of LA nightlife for decades with clubs like the Whisky a Go Go and The Roxy. The piece outlines the Strip’s beginnings in the 1930s, and its musical peak in the 1960s which lasted for decades until actor River Phoenix died at the Viper Room in 1993. There’s evidence that the Strip still has legs, but is simply off the radar for many in town. Los Angeles Times critic Bill Addison noted that Tesse is worthy of more attention than it actually receives.

Tesse, West Hollywood Wonho Frank Lee

WeHo city council approves two cannabis consumption lounges

On Tuesday, West Hollywood’s Business License Commission approved two cannabis consumption lounges. Lowell Cafe and Pleasure Med can operate within WeHo city limits, but Lowell will have the distinction of the nation’s first business where visitors can smoke, vape and consume edible cannabis products on-site. Lowell Cafe opens in the former Loreley biergarten in September. According to WEHOville, the cannabis ordinance permits both to operate between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Guerilla Tacos turns one

Hard to believe its only been a year, but Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos celebrates one year in the Arts District. On Saturday, Avila’s hosting a party in the bar and patio where DJs will play hip-hop, soul, funk, and R&B, a live mural painting, and $1 asada tacos.

Guerrilla Taco
Guerrilla Tacos one-year anniversary party
Guerrilla Taco

Joe Biden visits Dulan’s On Crenshaw

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden made a stop at the 25-year-old South LA staple Dulan’s On Crenshaw yesterday. The former Vice President spoke to diners and the media about economic opportunity. Biden was in town for a fundraiser that same night at the home of Tom Rothman, the Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.

Hatchet Hall Sunday brunch

This Sunday, Hatchet Hall starts serving Brunch at Old Man Bar. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the crew serves brunch Southern-style, with Louisiana fried chicken, pecan waffles, and strong cocktails with whiskey and coffee, and one with gin, citrus, egg whites, and angostura.

Brunch at Old Man Bar
Brunch at Old Man Bar
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