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Pier Plaza in downtown Hermosa Beach is a popular destination for late-night revelers.
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Hermosa Beach officials may demand that Patrick Molloy’s, a popular downtown eatery and pub, remove a DJ booth and dance floor area noticed by city officials when they were moved for a TV show with chef Gordon Ramsay.

The modifications are designed to entice people to do exactly what city leaders don’t want them to — stay late and drink heavily, said city staffers.

The city’s Pier Plaza area is a popular party destination, and is usually filled with drunk revelers on weekend nights. The noise and resulting disarray — including vomit and urine on the streets and in yards — is a sore thumb for the community.

Patrick Molloy’s, in the middle of the late-night action on the plaza, moved the DJ booth and rearranged the restaurant floor to allow for dancing in September for a hidden-camera TV show with chef Gordon Ramsay, with the city’s approval.

“We want to cooperate with the city and follow all the rules and regulations,” said restaurant owner Patrick Moloy Bastian. “We’re just here to provide great food in a great atmosphere.”

Bastian said the DJ booth has been there for years but he may have to remove it completely and put up a wall to appease the city, though Ramsay rearranged the floor to accommodate diners.

 

The show wrapped on Sept. 23, but city officials wanted the changes by Ramsay to be immediately reversed.

The Planning Commission is expected to demand that the restaurant be returned to its previous setup at its Tuesday night meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

“The City Council has expressed concern of the incremental intensification of these alcoholic beverage establishments” along Pier Plaza, a staff report states. “Allowing the establishment to have the physical characteristics of a bar/nightclub, coupled with the existing permitted live entertainment, dancing and closing hours of 2 am daily, could lead to an intensification of the bar/nightclub operation instead of a restaurant operation, and result in additional noise, disorderly behavior and disturbances, need for increased police services at the establishment, and impact nearby residential and commercial uses.”

The city recently wrapped up its semi-annual review of downtown bar behavior, finding that all establishments are in compliance.

Alcohol-serving venues are required to submit proof that they serve an equal amount of food and alcohol.

The city also catalogs violations at the businesses. Since July, the following problems have been reported:

  • Nine misdemeanor citations were issued to minors drinking alcohol at Abigaile Restaurant and Brewery, a three-story venue with an attached beach-side lounge called Alta House, on Dec. 29. Seven of those minors presented fake IDs and Abigaile’s was not cited.
  • A staff member at Hennessey’s struck a patron and took his cellphone in an incident counted against the establishment by Hermosa Beach police.
  • A customer physically assaulted an employee of Fritto Misto Italian Cafe in a dispute over a bill.
  • A drunk customer at The Lighthouse Cafe fell and hit his head.
  • A Patrick Molloy’s customer grabbed an employee over her clothing in a sexual assault.

None of the incidents was found to be serious enough to trigger a review of a business permit.

The Planning Commission is set to review the staff’s findings Tuesday, and the City Council will look at it next month.

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