The city won a civil lawsuit brought on by the Larchmont Bungalow when L.A. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick dismissed the case on June 1.
It was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning the case cannot be refiled. The Bungalow failed to bring the matter to trial within five years as required by city code, said Rob Wilcox, director, community engagement and outreach office for the L.A. City Attorney.
Judge Bowick also ordered the Bungalow to pay the city’s court costs.
After Bungalow owner Albert Mizrahi opened the eatery as a licensed take-out in 2009 with tables and chairs, the city pulled his certificate of occupancy.
In 2010 the city attorney’s office filed three criminal counts against him: failing to comply with orders from a city agency, providing false information and continuing to operate without a certificate of occupancy.
Mizrahi then filed the civil lawsuit against the city which was just dismissed, after numerous filings and hearings which resulted in years of delay of a criminal case, according to deputy city attorney Serena Christion.
The case returned to court on June 26 and was continued to Wed., Aug. 12 to hear the defendant’s motion to dismiss.