Apology letter from “Under the Bridge” in response to noise complaints

This letter was posted on the Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council Forum after residents started complaining about the late-night noise.

Sincere apologies from us at UNDER THE BRIDGE.

We are saddened to read your complaints and misconceptions regarding our space and our intentions, and would like to extend apologies to all of you disturbed by our two recent events, as well as explain a bit about who we are and what our plans are for 1166 Glendale Blvd.

We are local Echo Park residents with a great love for our neighborhood, and have been dreaming of opening an organic vegetarian, vegan, and raw cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Three months ago, while in the investment-hunting stage of the process, we found our ideal location, and decided to secure the space while we continued our search for funding.

As the months have progressed, we have yet to find the partner prepared to help us realize our vision, so we decided to host an event to spread awareness of our plans. We intended to show potential investors the charm of the area, the positive vibe our friends create, and of course never meant to disrupt our community.

Our first event, held on June 6th, was a joint effort with our friendly neighboring businesses, and proved to be an incredibly positive experience for us and all who attended. We offered catering from one of our talented chefs, art by one of our dear friends, and an acoustic performance by a famed musician, followed by dj’ed music. Had we known the noise was disruptive or had we been aware of a single complaint, the second celebration would have been handled very differently. Contrary to comments I have read here, this was our first ever event, and no police came by.

The second such event, held this past Saturday June 26th, was equally as exciting for us, as we drew a crowd of supporting future customers, as well as several interested financiers. Hearing the sound issues raised here regarding this past weekend evoke sincere regret, and again, we offer our apologies.

We are an extremely family-oriented and tightly-knit group of friends eager to share ourselves and our food with you, and our only goal is to begin construction on our cafe as soon as possible. We hope you will soon be able to see UNDER THE BRIDGE CAFE as a valuable addition to the area, and that you will be a fan of our delicious and healthy menu.

Please be aware that we do not wish late night parties to be a part of our identity, and do hope that upon reading this, you are able to understand our intentions and potentially be excited about our future.

Our plans to host a third event are contingent upon securing the funds necessary to begin construction, but we do plan to host a daytime art show and music gathering coinciding with the Lotus Festival. Be assured however, that now aware of the sound-traveling problem, we will no longer go past 2am, will make every effort to keep the volume at a lower level, and keep our guests confined to our walls as much as possible.

Please feel free to email us with any questions, concerns, or advice, and know that we truly look forward to serving you, and to becoming a positive influence on our beloved neighborhood.

Personally, if it’s true that the music went on until 3 or 4am, there is reason for complaint. Otherwise, hopefully Under the Bridge Cafe owners will pull the plug at a decent hour and continue their fund raising efforts when appropriate. Apart from that, they do deserve a chance (sounds like it was a fun party after all!) and I will likely support them once they are set up with the restaurant.

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