Downey Brewing granted reprieve

DOWNEY - Downey Brewing Company, once at risk of losing both its liquor and entertainment licenses, has been granted a 60-day reprieve by the Planning Commission after restaurant owner Walter Vasquez agreed to comply with city mandates.Planning officials say Vasquez, after months of delay, finally submitted plans this week to have a trash enclosure, patio cover, self-latching gates and an emergency exit sign added near the restaurant's outdoor dining area. According to officials, the pub, which took over the former Foxy's facility and features more than 40 beers on tap, had more than a year to meet the conditions. After opening the restaurant in 2008, Vasquez assumed the previous owner's liquor license. On Sept. 29, 2009, he was granted an entertainment license that allowed live music, however on the condition that he improve the property's landscaping, resurface the parking lot, clean debris from storm drains, repaint signage, construct a trash enclosure and install a patio cover, self-latching gates and emergency exit sign in the outdoor dining area. On Jan. 20 of this year, Vasquez was granted a 90-day extension to meet the requirements. He was then granted an additional six-month extension on April 21, records show. The Planning Commission will review the case on Jan. 19. - By city editor Eric Pierce and staff writer Christian Brown

********** Published: November 18, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 31