Laurel Hardware Restaurant Opening Tonight

The new American cuisine restaurant in the old Laurel Hardware building will open to the public for dinner on Thursday night, for lunch on Friday.

The much anticipated Laurel Hardware restaurant is set to open tonight.

Eater LA reports that the new American cuisine restaurant will open for dinner on Thursday night and will be open for lunch on Friday.

Located at 7984 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Laurel Avenue), the 3,500 square-foot restaurant is going into an old hardware store location and is using a hardware store theme for its décor.

When the restaurant was , it sparked much controversy among area residents because of the lack of rear fire exits (there is no back alley on this block) and the chronic parking shortage in the area.

City zoning codes require the restaurant have 32 parking spaces (nine per 1,000 square feet). The restaurant submitted a plan to lease 19 off-site spaces two blocks away. Then Community Development Director Anne McIntosh approved the restaurant’s application despite it not being able to fulfill its parking requirements even using off site leases.

In recent weeks, several of the parking spaces on the street near the restaurant have become valet-only spaces after 6 p.m.

Sheila Lightfoot July 10, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Now… to parking. Visitors are less likely to walk these slightly longer distances. Since they’re already in their cars, walking isn’t the same payoff for them. That’s why making parking available is so important at key intervals and especially at Crescent Heights. The City Council just blew its best opportunity to provide parking with the development of Walgreens. Instead of partnering with Walgreens to provide neighborhood parking, they pushed Walgreens to fulfill their personal desires – mixed-use housing. And what we, the people, got in return was 2 low-income apartments and a loss of our quality of life due to increased height and density pushed by City Council. That backward thinking isn’t the fault of the small businesses who want to make a living and who, in the process, are giving us more places to go in our immediate neighborhoods. I think it’s great to have more places to walk to and meet friends nearby. I, personally, really miss the Silver Spoon, O-Bar and the 20-20 video. It’s the City Council who doesn’t care about parking problems at the residents’ expense. Their plans ignore reality and ignore the residents. Their ideas are as stale as they are. Some of us are pushing the idea of a little Red Car replica Trolley doing convenient loops for us to get around and to get visitors from parking structures to anywhere they want to go. Resident and business support of that idea will greatly help our parking AND traffic concerns.
Michael Mellgard July 10, 2012 at 08:52 PM
So, is this the new trend? Open a new restaurant in a space that was something completely different but keep the original sign? A bit silly but maybe I'm just old fashioned.
Chloe Ross July 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
It cuts down on time devoted to thinking up yet another catchy brand name. Just slightly wrong names like Street, Cut, Craft, Plan Check; surely good eats but kinda contrived names. Laurel Hardware already had a sign and street recognition and so it probably considered all that and went with the signage. You may be old-fashioned - but I too think some of the restaurant names try too hard or are a little bit twee. (Of course in the 80's "Bar & Grill" was attached to restaurant names in excess as well !)
Miss Been Here July 12, 2012 at 04:46 AM
they are not called "exception" they are called pay offs..i am sure the high and mighty ones in WeHO council are doing quite well with every place they let open not to code...this city should be audited like the city of Bell.
TC August 16, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I miss the hardware store. Hipster restaurant is not needed nor desired.


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