H&R Block vacates, 55 Degree Wine expanding?

A Public Hearing Notice posted recently in the parking lot of this Glendale Boulevard mini-mall indicates what we think is an expansion of our favorite Atwater Village wine & beer spot, 55 Degree Wine.

The notice for a conditional use permit, which has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, September 21, 2011, announces that the 1,438 square-foot former H&R Block space is being transformed into a restaurant with 48 indoor seats and 32 outdoor seats. The conditional use permit will allow the sale of beer and wine only for on-site consumption from 8:00 am – midnight Sunday through Thursday, and until 1:00 am Friday and Saturday.

Andy Hasroun of 55 Degree Wine is listed as the applicant, along with the address 3105-3117 North Glendale Boulevard.

We are very excited – the wine cellar at 55 Degree Wine is a lovely, intimate setting that we frequent! We have contacted 55 Degree Wine to learn the details on what we can expect in the near future.

Send any correspondence (hint, hint, a support letter!) with the case number (ZA-2011-1677-CUB) to Jordann Turner at Jordann.Turner@lacity.org

UPDATE:

Owner Andy Hasroun confirmed he is taking over the H&R Block location, which decided to vacate last March, and will transform it into a hip/artsy beer and sausage restaurant. The restaurant will have a separate name, but no decision has been made on the name yet.

They will have a couple of dozen beers from around the world on tap, starting at $6 and going up to $15 for the high-end, rare/limited beers. Also on the beer list – Tony Yanow’s latest brews from his Atwater Village brewery, Golden Road Brewing.

From the kitchen, a variety of sausages including vegan sausages (Andy wants to make sure there are plenty of options for his patrons) and lots of toppings (think Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank). Andy wants to make sure the whole menu from beer to food is affordable for all his future patrons, and is really excited to get things started.

After the public hearing next week, and following the 30-day grace period, construction of the restaurant will begin – including the installation of an exposed kitchen. He’s hoping to have everything finished up by Christmas this year!

Starting hours will be 11:00 am, serving lunch, to 11:00 pm for dinner and after dinner drinks.

And don’t worry – the 55 Degree Wine cellar will be business as usual, and may even offer the kitchen items from next door.

If you’re not familiar with 55 Degree Wine or Andy, stop by the place and say hi! He and the staff have done a great job with 55 Degree Wine, so feel free to send in your letter of support to the city for his new venture!