Rustic Canyon Wine Bar Wants to Serve Liquor, Too

Planning Commission needs to OK the restaurant's application for a new alcohol license before it expands its bar.

, where wines are hand picked by owner Josh Loeb, might graduate soon to serving liquor, too.

The restaurant at 1119 Wilshire Blvd. is seeking to upgrade its alcohol license from beer and wine to liquor. It wants to stay open later, too, extending its current closing time from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Before it gets the approval from the state Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control to sell spirits, Rustic Canyon needs the Santa Monica Planning Commission to sign off on the move by granting a conditional use permit that would regulate when and how the cocktails are served.

City planning staffers said are OK with the change.

They propose requiring food to be served food during all hours the restaurant is open and that no more than 35 percent of total gross revenues per year be from alcohol sales.

They said it's minor, and will be convenient for the restaurant's existing customer base and the neighbors who live along the commercial corridor. There are already eight establishments in a 500 foot radius with alcohol licenses, including NY&C Pizza, and .

Rustic Canyon did not return a message seeking comment. Loeb and Zoe Nathan also own , and .

The Planning Commission is scheduled to make its decision 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall.

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