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Hooters Headed Across from Staples Center?

By Eric Richardson with Rich Alossi
Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, at 01:58PM
1248 S. Figueroa Eric Richardson [Flickr]

This 1920 auto dealership at 1248 S. Figueroa could soon contain three restaurants, including a Hooter's.

A former auto dealership across the street from Staples Center has been used for nothing but parking cars in recent years, but owner Mayer Separzadeh hopes it will soon become a center for South Park nightlife.

Negotiations are underway to bring busty sports bar Hooters into the space, along with a gastropub operated by the building ownership and at least one other venue.

Separzadeh presented his plans to the Downtown neighborhood council's planning committee on Tuesday night. The project is still in the preliminary planning process and has yet to receive city approvals.

Structural steel reinforcement work on the building is currently in progress, and the project would include a facade restoration for the 1920 structure.

The committee raised concerns about the lack of specific plans for lighting, security and crowd management. Separzadeh said that he would bring the project back to the council after further meetings with the LAPD.

Were Hooter's to open in the space, it would find itself in competition with L.A. Live's ESPN Zone and the soon-to-open Big Wangs sports bar at 8th and Grand. While the Figueroa site is farther from residents, it is across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center and one block from a Blue Line train station.

Separzadeh originally applied for a Conditional User Permit in September, but the Planning department denied that application, saying that they were no longer accepting master permits.

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