MONTROSE — Horacio and Alicia Lavanchy, co-owners of Divina Cucina restaurant in Montrose, got a green light from the City Planning Department to go ahead with a $500,000 renovation of their eatery, but the couple is now being told by the city that their recently completed project is illegal.
The Lavanchys got approval from the Design Review Board and the Planning Department last year to make interior cosmetic improvements and convert an existing canvas canopy above the restaurant's patio section into a permanent roof, they said. The Lavanchys began construction of the Spanish-tiled roof in January and finished the project on May 7.
But now planning officials say the new roof renders the restaurant's pole-sign, which extends from the ground up through the roof, out of compliance with city code. Roof signs were made illegal by the city in 1973, and the Divina Cucina sign — considered a ground sign before the new project was completed — is now a roof sign, said Wolfgang Krause, principal planner for the city's Planning Department.