The Maybourne Beverly Hills on North Canon Drive will temporarily expand outdoor dining services into Beverly Canon Gardens to allow for additional outdoor dining. At its April 20 Regular Meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council approved the hotel’s request to expand on its existing OpenBH permit in response to both the COVID-19 regulations and ground floor renovations. Since taking ownership of the former Montage Beverly Hills last year, the Maybourne’s remodeling efforts have further limited dining options and prompted the plea. The Maybourne is one of 114 establishments participating in OpenBH, a program that allows businesses to temporarily expand their services to adjacent areas such as parking lots and the public right of way.
The Maybourne will expand into Beverly Canon Gardens by temporarily removing some of the hedges and shrubs adjacent to the southern pedestrian walkway to allow for more outdoor dining. However, no trees will be removed and access to elevators from the garden will be maintained. Central seating will remain separate from that of the hotel, with direct elevator access available.
As evidenced by preliminary draft designs, the Maybourne plans to make space for a total of 40 dining tables and 120 chairs by removing seven shrubs. The City Council authorized that all applicable fees and staff time be waived, and the project will be reviewed again in six months based on the current health orders, occupancy limits, pedestrian traffic and impacts on the community. When the permit is terminated, the Maybourne must fully restore the area to its current fashion.
The city’s OpenBH initiative has allowed businesses to temporarily expand their services to adjacent areas such as parking lots and the public right of way.