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Alcohol Permits Approved for Santa Monica Brewery, Movie Theater
Santa Monica Real Estate Company, Roque and Mark
Roque & Mark Real Estate
2802 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Harding, Larmore
Kutcher & Kozal, LLP

Convention and Visitors Bureau Santa Monica


By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

June 17, 2016 -- In a rare short Santa Monica Planning Commission meeting that finished in a little over 15 minutes, two local businesses received the permits they requested to serve alcohol to customers.

The commission unanimously granted the permits for Loews Broadway 4 Theater on the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Brew Works. Neither business will be serving alcohol as traditional bars or restaurants.

Loews, which will become the fourth movie theater in the city to offer alcohol, will only be allowed to serve people who are there to see a movie. Customers will purchase the alcohol in an area separate from other concession items.

Santa Monica Brew Works, the city’s only brewery, which opened in 2014 on Colorado Avenue off 20th Street, will only be able to serve beer that is made on-site in a section of the facility currently used for storage.

There will be no food service, except for snack items. Live entertainment will be allowed.

City officials said that residents living within 750 feet of the brewery were notified about the permit application. Only one response was received, and that person supported the application, officials said.

The commission also approved two applications involving map changes to allow for future condo developments.

One application was for a parcel at 212 Bay Street, where the owner wants to build a two-story building with three residential units.

Another application was for a spot at 1949 Seventh Street, where the owner plans to build a two-story building with five residential units and a semi-subterranean parking garage.

The commission was scheduled to vote on a measure involving the recently approved 500 Broadway development regarding how the property can be leased and financed.

The item was delayed to a future session so that City officials can review a request from the owner made shortly before the meeting.

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