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Minx agrees to get permits

Restaurant can’t allow live shows or dancing without city approval.

January 26, 2010|By Veronica Rocha

GLENDALE — The owner of the Minx Restaurant and Lounge has agreed to get permits before any dance and live music event, capping off a city-imposed clampdown after several raucous incidents.

If the Minx wants to host dancing or a deejay, the owner must receive dance and live entertainment permits from the city. The Minx, at 300 Harvey Drive, cannot allow live entertainment or dancing if the permits are denied, according to an agreement reached with the city in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

An agreement was reached Friday and approved by Superior Court Judge David Milton.

“I am pleased that the agreement that we have protects the interests of the city,” City Atty. Scott Howard said. “We’ll hopefully have Minx manners under control in a way that does not result in constant calls for police and other emergency services. It will not be a detriment to the city, and they will not be a nuisance to the neighbors, and hopefully they can continue on with a reasonable business that complies with the code.”

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Minx owner Edwin Minassian has already pulled permits, which he said the city has already granted.

“We appreciate the city’s help in expediting this issue,” he said.

Minassian said he’s ready to get back to business and operating the full-scale brunch and dinner restaurant.

In filing for a temporary restraining order, city attorneys claimed the Minx had been illegally running a nightclub operation since January 2008.

City attorneys obtained the temporary restraining order Jan. 8. A partygoer was stabbed at the restaurant on New Year’s Day during a massive nightclub event.

The incident was so unstable that police were unable to safely enter the restaurant because the crowd of 800 people was hostile, according to the complaint.

The stabbing was one of several grievances that police noted at the Minx.

In 2009 alone, police logged 19 noise complaints from nearby residents, officials said.

Police also received 64 calls for service last year related to the restaurant, compared with 48 in 2008. The Fire Department also recorded more than 25 calls for service in the same period, officials said.

As part of the agreement, the Minx will have to submit a valet parking and security plan to the city and police officials.

Dancing and live entertainment were also limited to the lounge area, which has a dance floor, according to the agreement, and managers may not impose cover charges on the premises.

The agreement will help eliminate the Minx’s illegal nightclub activities and bring it up to code, Glendale Police Lt. Bruce Fox said in a statement.

“They have now agreed to work with the city to ensure that they provide a safe and comfortable dining establishment,” he said. “The surrounding neighbors should be able to enjoy a more peaceful environment from now on.”


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