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West Hollywood hotel, restaurant project gets design overhaul

Historic Barney’s Beanery would still be preserved under MAD Architects plan
July 25, 2018 04:06PM

An illustration of a proposed hotel, apartment, retail project for 8447 Santa Monica Blvd. as viewed from Sal Guarriello Park (Credit: MAD Architects)

UPDATED, July 27, 2:29 pm:

A West Hollywood hotel and restaurant project at the site of a storied Barney’s Beanery gastropub is getting a design overhaul.

Under a revised plan from MAD Architects, the new development calls for an 88-room hotel with 45 apartments, 11 of which would be offered for below-market rents, according to WeHoVille.

The development’s owners include Barney’s Beanery owner David Houston, as well as Phil Howard and Dean McKillen, the owners of Laurel Hardware and Ysabel, as well as Zach Vella of Vella Group.

The old plan called for including the existing Barney’s Beanery at 8447 Santa Monica Blvd., which would have been disassembled then restored following the construction.

MAD Architects presented a plan on Tuesday that also will include Barney’s, along with two other restaurants, and which incorporates Barney’s facade in the design. The global design firm replaced R&A Architecture and Design, whose previous plan called for a hotel with 113 rooms and a below-grade live music and recording space.

The newly proposed project would also feature an 80-seat underground live music venue and recording studio, and retail shops and a public plaza on the southeast corner of the site. It will replace the existing surface parking lot with 244 underground spaces. The project still will need approval by the city’s Planning Commission.

MAD Architects, based in Beijing, is also the principal designer of George Lucas’ $1.5 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park, which is under construction.

Barney’s, which originally opened in 1927, has a storied history of hosting artists, musicians and filmmakers, including poet Charles Bukowski, the Doors’ Jim Morrison and writer-director Quentin Tarantino. But its history also has a darker side, including discriminatory practices against homosexuals. [WEHOVille] — Alexei Barrionuevo

Correction: The source article incorrectly reported that Barney’s Beanery is not included in the new design. The Real Deal has updated the article to reflect that the gastropub will in fact be part of the development.