A petition from a group of Australians who want to open a restaurant called EP at the northwest corner of Melrose Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard got the OK from West Hollywood’s community planning director on Tuesday.
The city previosuly postponed a decision on the request in July after determining that the restaurant wasn’t able to provide sufficient parking. Botanical Hospitality Group now has negotiated with Lift West Hollywood, a gym across the street, for access to parking there late at night. As a result, Community Development Department staffers recommended that the request be approved.
Owners of EP include DJ Grant Smillie David Combes, a real estate executive from Melbourne, and Ashley Hart, the Australian model. The chef will be Louis Tikaram of Sydney’s Longrain restaurant. The menu will have an Asian influence.
EP, which will be located at 603 N. La Cienega Blvd. at Melrose, will have a rooftop dining patio called Long Play.