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SBE shuts down S Bar, says it will 'relocate' lounge

February 9, 2009 |  1:35 pm

Sbar2 As The Guide first reported over the weekend, S Bar is shutting down.  The Hollywood DJ lounge held its last event Sunday evening, which is its popular service-industry night.  SBE confirmed the shutter to The Guide in statement this morning.

"SBE's successful Hollywood lounge, S Bar, closed yesterday until its relocation is complete.  While the Philippe Starck-designed venue has proven to be an extremely successful part of the company's portfolio, unfortunately, noise from its operation disturbed some residents of the Broadway Hollywood building.  While SBE put significant time and funding toward mitigating the noise issues (including hiring numerous sound experts, installing a sound isolating ceiling and other soundproofing measures), unfortunately, these measures were not able to reduce the sound from S Bar to a level that was satisfactory to these residents. As a result, SBE has decided that -- in keeping with its goal of maintaining a responsible and considerate role within the community -- it will relocate S Bar."

Residents of the Broadway above the bar (and the adjacent Katsuya restaurant) have long complained about noise late at night drifting upward from S Bar's rotating cast of DJs, who spun everything from hip-hop to trendy electro music.  In July, Eater LA reported that residents had sued SBE over noise complaints.  Reps would not say where they plan to "relocate" S Bar or what, if anything, will take the place of the lounge.  In an e-mail, Sara Klinger, a marketing manager at the company, wrote that "SBE will not be occupying the space in the future and we're not sure what will go in there."

-- Charlie Amter

Photo: James Merrell