Many of those same residents returned to those same chambers Monday, but this time, for a different purpose: to support a cafe proposed in that same location, the vacant building where Conroy’s flower shop used to sit.
That struck a chord with the Burbank Planning Board, which on Monday unanimously approved bringing “California Eatery,” along with a two-story office building and another one-story medical office building, to the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Buena Vista Street.
That includes a parking variance that would allow the site to operate with 34 parking spots instead of the required 50.
“Since it’s been closed, I’ve dreamt of a cafe in that location,” said resident Michelle Webster. “I want it to open tomorrow.”
More than 70 of her neighbors felt similarly, signing a petition, coordinated by the cafe’s owner Bryan Sim, in favor of the project.
“A 24-hour drive-thru was the wrong fit for the neighborhood,” said resident Vinny DiGiulio, referring to the Taco Bell project that residents successfully blocked. “The proposal before you tonight is a perfect fit.”
Board members credited the residents for taking ownership of their neighborhood.
“I have to take my hat off to you guys — you stepped forward and said, ‘Hey, we want something different,’ and you made something happen,” said board member Doug Drake. “Look what your reward is, something you’ve wanted.”
Sim, a local resident and operator of Doughnut Hut in Burbank, will also operate the new eatery, which will be open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The restaurant will open at 2411 W. Burbank Blvd. in May, Sim said.