By Charles COOPER
The long-running battle between the city of Glendale and the owners of the Montrose Collection Restaurant and Banquet Hall forged ahead Tuesday as the Glendale City Council voted to revoke the zoning certificate for the property.
The restaurant, located at 2831-2833 Honolulu Ave., has had food service at the location since 1965, but now appears to get most of its revenue as a banquet hall.
The city previously approved a parking deficiency permit for the property, allowing it to be short nine spaces of the required use. However, it revoked the permit when neighbors charged the establishment was operating primarily as a banquet hall, in violation of the existing C-1 zoning.
The zoning revocation means the owner must apply for a zoning permit, and must remove an expansion of the building, returning to the original dimensions. It also will be limited to incidental banquet hall use, under city limits. Neighbor Robert Thompson said as many as three banquets a week are held, using the entire restaurant, in violation of the zoning permit.
Attorney Derek Tabone said owner Takui Aivazian can continue to operate as a non-conforming use because of the history of food establishments at the site, but deputy city attorney Michael Garcia said any grandfathering was lost when the restaurant was remodeled.
Tabone also challenged the parking regulation, saying the property originally had no such requirement. According to the city, the underlying zoning was changed from C-3 to C-1, changing the parking requirements.
Neighbors have maintained that the spillover parking has been a nuisance in the area and that noise and trash continue to be an issue.
A formal vote will be taken on Oct. 13 to specify grounds for the revocation. The issue is likely to end up back in court, where the parking battle was adjudicated.