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Restaurateur who lost convent to Katy Perry is shopping hotel conversion project

Dana Hollister was left bankrupt after battling the pop star for a Los Feliz convent
December 11, 2018 12:00PM

Katy Perry and Dana Hollister. (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

Katy Perry’s roar wasn’t able to totally silence Dana Hollister, it turns out.

Hollister, the restaurateur who lost a legal battle to the pop star over the purchase of a former convent, is now shopping her stake in a project to convert a vacant church in Silver Lake into a boutique hotel, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In March, Hollister filed for bankruptcy shortly after a judge ordered her to pay $15 million in damages to Perry and the Archdiocese of L.A. for interfering with Perry’s attempt to purchase the former convent on Waverly Drive.

The dispute dates back to 2015, when the archdiocese sold the 8-acre property to Perry for $14.5 million. A few of the nuns disputed the sale, arguing they were already in talks to sell the property to Hollister for $44,000.

The court sided with Perry in October 2016, leaving Hollister in serious debt. She filed for bankruptcy shortly thereafter.

Now, the restaurateur-developer is shopping the Pilgrim Church conversion project near Sunset Boulevard. It is entitled to become a 25-room boutique hotel, complete with alcohol sales and dancing.

Hollister holds a 40-year ground lease with the Presbytery of the Pacific. That could pull in bids around $4.5 to $5 million, CBRE broker Michael Shustak told LAT.

She also recently sold Alexander’s Brite Spot, a diner in Echo Park, to the owners of a nearby restaurant. Hollister still owns Silver Lake restaurant Cliff’s Edge and the Paramour, a mansion that doubles as an event space. [LAT] – Natalie Hoberman