Last Call for S Bar
Curbed L.A. notes the retreat of the hip, schmanzy S Bar from the bottom floor of the Broadway Hollywood Building, thanks to complaints from upstairs tenants at the condo complex located on the southwest corner of Hollywood and Vine. The high-end loft dwellers have complained long, loud and lawyerly about noise emanating from the club that allegedly kept many awake until 2 a.m. This represents the second Hollywood rebuff to the bar's owner, Sam Nazarian, the young nightlife/hospitality/media tycoon whose SBE group owns the Philippe Starck-designed Katsuya sushi restaurant next door.
In 2005 Nazarian tried to transform the old Antenna clothing store on Hollywood Boulevard into a Danceteria-like club complex called Shelter. (See L.A. Weekly, "Party Monstrosity.") Despite political backing from L.A. City Councilmen Eric Garcetti, there was so much community and LAPD pushback over the proposed club -- and what seemed to be a perfect storm of parking, traffic and disorderly patron headaches -- that Nazarian was forced to abandon that project.
An SBE statement sent to the L.A. Weekly announced S Bar's closure at the Broadway Hollywood location, tartly noting the steps Nazarian had taken to mollify the tenants' noise concerns, which proved implaccable. "In keeping with its goal of maintaining a responsible and considerate role within the community -- [SBE] will relocate S Bar."
An SBE spokeswoman confirmed that the company will maintain ownership of S Bar's former space, although no decision has been made on its future makeup. It will certainly be a quieter tomorrow, which triggers mixed feelings about the new Hollywood. On the one hand most of us can feel for residents who can't sleep because they live next to drunks or frat boys. On the other, the condo dwellers remind us of people who move next to airports and then sign petitions to curtail flights because of noise and traffic.