The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday postponed making a decision on whether to designate Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard as a historic-cultural monument. The issue was rescheduled for examination on May 20.
The motion for historic status, which was proposed by the Los Angeles Conservancy and is supported by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District, was postponed to give the city, property owner and the restaurant’s operator more time to discuss the future of the site, said Paul Neuman, a deputy to Koretz.
The property owner, Norman Cienega LLC, obtained a demolition permit for the site, prompting the Los Angeles Conservancy to apply for historic status. An attorney for the property owner said there are no plans to demolish the restaurant, but plans are being considered for the property surrounding the building.
The conservancy contends the restaurant should be preserved due to its Googie architecture, it being an example of the work of the architectural firm, Armet & Davis, and that it is part of the fabric of Los Angeles. Norms restaurant has been open at 470 N. La Cienega Blvd. since 1957.
Mike Colonna, president of Norms Restaurants LLC, said he is continuing to work with the property owner about the future of the restaurant, and he is thankful for the support of the city and the community.
“We are trying to work together on a long-term solution,” Colonna said. “I am cautiously and hopefully optimistic this is moving in a positive direction.”
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