Update: The permit was approved by the County Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday morning.
Original: The Altadena Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to conditionally support the county granting a permit to serve alcohol at a proposed Indian restaurant at the northeast corner of Altadena Drive and Washington Boulevard.
The restaurant is part of a that once housed a florist at a strip mall at the corner.
The owner of the property is Dr. Nirmal Kumar, who runs a medical practice at that location. The new retail building would replace a small outlying building on the spot that used to house a florist.
The permit issue will be discussd by the County Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday morning. If the commission votes in favor of the permit, it will clear the way for the restaurant and retail center to be built.
The Town Council's conditions were as follows:
- The restaurant must remain an eating establishment at all times, with a menu always available for customers.
- No off-site alcohol sales
- No signs promoting alchol visible from exterior of restaurant
- Bar area not to exceed 500 square feet
- Patrons of all ages must be allowed in the restaurant
- No disposable containers of alcohols to be sold
- Alcohol sales to be ceased 30 minutes before restaurant closes
In addition, the Council voted to limit operating hours to midnight on weekends and 11 p.m. on week days.
The idea of the conditions were to make sure that the restaurant does not one day get converted to an establishment that is primarily a bar that serves food, rather than a restaurant that serves alcohol, according to Diane Marcussen, who represents the district where the restaurant is located.