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Hyde Lounge, Voyeur, Industry -- Celebrity Hotspots -- Cited After Investigation Finds Food Hard to Find at These Night Venues Permitted as Restaurants

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Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 1:35 PM

click to enlarge As Alton Brown might say, 'Them's good eats.' - NBC4
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  • As Alton Brown might say, 'Them's good eats.'
Updated at the bottom: The ABC tells LA Weekly Voyeur was cited for alleged "lewd conduct." Also, it gives details of some of the other allegations. First posted at 11:40 a.m.

It's no big surprise to anyone who goes out in L.A. that a trio of venues have been caught allegedly posing as nightclubs when they're actually only permitted to be restaurants. There's a word for that around here: Koreatown.

Anyway, NBC Los Angeles put the pain to three of Hollywood biggest clubs after an undercover investigation revealed they hardly serve food but operate under state alcohol licenses that see them mainly as eateries (ha!). Now the ABC has come come down with (gulp) citations, according to NBC4.

Those douche lounges restaurants cited are:

-Hyde Lounge, part of the Sam Nazarian's SBE group of venues. SBE's own website, which differentiates between "nightlife," restaurants and hotels lists Hyde under nightlife. So, eh, yeah, defend that in court. (Added thought: Interestingly, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Hollywood City Councilman Eric Garcetti have been supporters of Nazarian; the club entrepreneur was even appointed to the powerful LAX board of commissioners before being replaced after he missed many meetings).

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A bartender at Hyde, where NBC tried three times to get a meal, says on camera, "We don't serve food."

-Voyeur, leather-obsessed home of the risque Republican outing. A bouncer there is seen on camera trying to get a $100 tip for letting the NBC undercover crew in. Reporter Ana Garcia exclaims that on one visit the crew witnessed the kitchen being used "as a dressing room for the strippers!" (We were almost rolling on the ground when we heard this. Note to self: Must order the special next time we go to Voyeur).

-Industry, another celeb hotspot owned by SBE. A table for the night there cost $2,000, according to Garcia, but no food could be had.

Hyde and Industry "closed for construction" after NBC's story aired, according to the station.

All three venues were then checked out by state Alcohol Beverage Control authorities and cited (NBC says "charged") for allegedly violating their licenses.

Shooting fish in a barrel, true, but fun viewing.

At least at the Koreatown "lounges" you really can get food. A little.

Update: ABC spokesman John Carr got back to us with some of the details surrounding the department's "accusations," including a citation for alleged "lewd conduct" at Voyeur and an alleged lack of even utensils at Industry.

Carr:

Accusations against Hyde

Failure to Operate as a Bona Fide Eating Place, sections 23038 and 23396 of the California Business and Professions Code

Accusation against Voyeur

Failure to Operate as Bona Fide Eating Place, sections 23038 and 23396 of the California Business and Professions Code (2 counts)

Lewd Conduct, section 143.3 (2 counts)

Accusation against Industry

Failure to Operate as Bona Fide Eating Place, sections 23038 and 23396 of the California Business and Professions Code (2 counts)

Violation of Conditions section 23804(4 counts) Industry was cited for failure to provide meals, tables, chairs, cutlery, a menu, condiments and other items used for consuming food

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