Lemonade, a popular cafeteria-style restaurant with 13 locations in Southern California, is slated to open in Burbank's media district after the Planning Board approved its proposal Tuesday despite some concerns about inadequate parking from some local residents.
The restaurant will take over part of a building located at 4400 Riverside Drive, currently occupied by beauty-supply store Cinema Secrets.
Property owner Jeff Fischer billed the project as a way to revive the struggling existing store, which likely wouldn't have been able to afford a rent increase that would have come with continuing to occupy the whole property on its own.
The project was approved in a 3-1 vote, with board member Christopher Rizzotti being the sole dissenter. Board member Undine Petrulis was absent.
Rizzotti said he felt the project would exacerbate traffic issues in the already-congested area because the proposal includes reducing one parking space. After the parking lot is re-striped, the two businesses will share 22 spots.