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“Burbank Common” Restaurant and Brewery Coming Downtown

( Photo Courtesy Community Development Department Website)

Owner of the popular local bar “Tony’s Darts Away” and founder of Golden Road Brewery, Tony Yanow is partnering with the City of Burbank to open a new restaurant and brewery at 10 W. Magnolia Blvd which will be called “Burbank Common.”

Located adjacent to the downtown Burbank Metrolink station, the project will involve the demolition of a 70,000 square-feet storage warehouse to be replaced with a restaurant, a craft beer pub, a roller derby rink, and possibly food carts. Space will be reduced to 33,000 square-feet to provide an outdoor recreation area. It is currently unknown how many restaurants the 2.4-acre site will include.

( Photo Courtesy Community Development Department Website)

Burbank Common will utilize the 471 parking spaces located near the Metrolink station. Although more than half of the spaces are used by those riding the Metro during the day, it is hoped there will be enough room to accommodate customers in the evening.

“For intermittent larger events that will occur one to two times per month, it is anticipated that parking can be provided offsite in existing parking facilities in Downtown Burbank and a shuttle system could be employed to shuttle attendees to and from events,” said Ross Young, a project manager for Burbank.

To ensure that the Metrolink parking will not be overwhelmed, a “full parking study” will be conducted during the environmental review process.

Although the city will retain ownership of the property, Yanow will operate Burbank Common with his restaurant group, the Artisanal Brewers Collective.

“His company has the resources and experience to independently build and operate the facility and they are proposing to incorporate features that would provide significant community-wide benefits,” said Young.

“If approved by the City Council, the proposed project would have a number of benefits for the City. The project would also provide a much-needed event center which would complement the existing businesses and hotels in Downtown Burbank and throughout the City by attracting outside visitors to Burbank.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

In 2008, the city attempted to demolish the same warehouse but could not receive support from City Council due to the high cost. The warehouse which was formally owned by AmeriCold has six-feet thick cement walls that make it difficult to demolish. From 2011 to 2016, the property was controlled by a different redevelopment agency.

“From a fiscal standpoint, the project would facilitate over $10 million in private sector investment, while creating jobs, boosting tourism, and increasing the City’s tax base,” said Young.

Burbank Common is currently going through its environmental analysis and “community outreach phase.” The project is expected to be presented to the Burbank Planning Board and City Council before September.

Story Tavern Doubles in Size This Thursday

 Story Tavern, the Pre-Prohibition neighborhood gem that has been serving craft beers, wines, hard ciders, spirits and cocktails alongside farm fresh fare for just over a year in Burbank will be doubling their space this Thursday to accommodate a 1,500 square Story Tavern Game Room & 700 square foot patio.

Thanks to the support of its patrons, the Slaught family (4th and 5th generation Los Angelenos) run Tavern, has been empowered to grow! Their game room will officially open on Thursday, February 20th and will feature private dart parlors, shuffleboard, and ping pong tables alongside a Beer Bar, complete with an additional 8 tap handles featuring out of state craft brews. The Game Room will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all day and all other days starting at 5PM.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Their new, super-sized, recessed, all-weather, dog-friendly, 700 square foot patio will hold upwards of 45 seats to meet demand. Altogether, these additions will increase the size of Story Tavern to 4,400 square feet.

The new game room will house an animation wall complete with art that explores the history of animation in Burbank, with the help of the Burbank Historical Society. A massive collage showcasing the work of their talented neighbors including regulars from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Dreamworks and Disney Animation, will rotate and continually evolve.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 To celebrate the expansion, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company will be in the house this Thursday at 6:30PM to shower Story’s patrons with a wealth of delicious rarities, most of which have previously never been available in LA! Flights will be available.

Draft List:

Bag of Cats IPL

San Rafael Red Ale

Magpie Porter

Monkeys with TypeRYEters

Our Belgian Pale

Irish Stout

Wrangler Wheat

CASK: Hoppy Poppy IPA

Fun Facts about Story Tavern

– The restaurant doubles as a museum to Burbank History. Curated by the Burbank Historical Society in exchange for a percentage of restaurant proceeds. The walls of the tavern are adorned with amazing photographs capturing the early days of the neighborhood, aviation and the wonderful entertainers who have graced the city.

 – Their exciting culinary secret: 99% of the food menu is available in Gluten Free form!

– Every piece of furniture in the restaurant is hand-crafted in the United States by the Amish!

– Happy Hour is available for Beer, Wine & Cider from 11:30 AM-7:30 PM, every day of the week.

 – You can often hear the sounds of Traditional Live Irish Music in the tavern on Thursday & Saturday nights.

 – They’re pouring classic cocktails that were mainstays in the Burbank/Los Angeles region from 1900-1950. The Story Tavern Team, which includes Diane Slaught, Brian Slaught, Hans Brestel, Yvonne Slaught & Ted Slaught, researched through the Los Angeles Public Library and the online archives of California through UCLA, to discover which drinks were enjoyed in the Burbank/Los Angeles region from the early 1900’s through 1950.

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150 S. San Fernando Blvd. Burbank CA 91502

Press Release by: Phil Merkow, Magic Lantern PR

The Smokehouse Celebrates 65 Years

The Smokehouse was abuzz October 12, 2011 when celebrities and local politicians stopped by to help celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Burbank’s well known Smokehouse Restaurant. Burbank Councilmen Dave Golonski and Emily Gabel Luddy were present along with Assemblyman Mike Gatto, and Los Angeles City Councilmen Tom LaBonge. LaBonge presented the current owner, Lee Spencer, with a proclamation from the complete Los Angeles City Council. The evening guests were treated to Champagne and special prices. Celebrities from Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, George Clooney, and a slew of others have been seen there throughout the years. Of course, one of the great things about the Smokehouse is their specialty Garlic Bread which they went through well over a couple hundred loaves. Deborah Dodge was on hand to interview LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge and the owners of the historic Burbank restaurant.

The Smokehouse Celebrates 65 Years

The Smokehouse was abuzz October 12, 2011 when celebrities and local politicians stopped by to help celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Burbank’s well known Smokehouse Restaurant. Burbank Councilmen Dave Golonski and Emily Gabel Luddy were present along with Assemblyman Mike Gatto, and Los Angeles City Councilmen Tom LaBonge. LaBonge presented the current owner, Lee Spencer, with a proclamation from the complete Los Angeles City Council. The evening guests were treated to Champagne and special prices. Celebrities from Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, George Clooney, and a slew of others have been seen there throughout the years. Of course, one of the great things about the Smokehouse is their specialty Garlic Bread which they went through well over a couple hundred loaves. Deborah Dodge was on hand to interview LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge and the owners of the historic Burbank restaurant.