June 8, 2005
David W. Gordon Burbank's City Council dashed any hope for a reprieve at its May 17 meeting when it voted 3-0 to allow what neighbors feel is an incompatible business to come to their neighborhood. Dimples, a local nightclub/bar, was given the green light to break out the booze at the long-vacant Chadney's restaurant site. Locals' concerns had initially flared in March after Burbank's Planning Board granted a conditional-use permit for this relocation and new use of the property.
May 18, 2005
Mark R. Madler Residents in the neighborhood of a proposed karaoke club came in droves Tuesday to express concern about traffic congestion, noise and lewd activity they fear the club will bring. The City Council late Tuesday was poised to vote on an appeal of a conditional-use permit for the popular Dimples restaurant and karaoke bar to move in to the former Chadney's restaurant at 3000 W. Olive Ave. But by press time, the council had not voted.
April 27, 2005
Mark R. Madler Citing safety concerns, a Burbank woman has filed an appeal with the city, asking that the City Council reconsider allowing a popular karaoke bar to move to a new location. Linda Matsumoto is challenging the conditional-use permit approved last month for Dimples to take over the shuttered Chadney's Restaurant, because it would make the neighborhood near her home in the 200 block of Niagara Street less safe. With Chadney's occupancy at 200 customers, its parking lot of 39 parking spaces will not be adequate, said Phil Berlin, Matsumoto's attorney.
March 26, 2005
Never fear, Burbank, the karaoke police are here. Dimples night club has always been about smiles and singing along. But these days, it's hard to smile and sing along with the exhaustive list of 50 proposed conditions owner Sal Ferraro might have to swallow before he can move into a now-shuttered Chadney's restaurant at Olive and Alameda avenues. We realize that conditional-use permits are part of the price paid to live and do business in certain city zones.
March 30, 2005
Mark R. Madler Dimples, a karaoke hotspot for more than 20 years, will have a new home by June now that its owner and the city have agreed on a list of conditions to be met before the move. Dimples owner Sal Ferraro will move his club to 3000 W. Olive Ave. -- once home to Chadney's restaurant and jazz club -- by June 1, he said. The karaoke bar will be decorated to look like a museum of television, movie and record industries. "It's going to be a challenge," Ferraro said.
May 21, 2005
Mark R. Madler Dimples will move into the old Chadney's restaurant site, the City Council decided Tuesday, despite neighbors' fears of increased noise and traffic, but the karaoke bar will have to provide free valet parking. Owner Sal Ferraro agreed to the condition as a means to keep customer vehicles off nearby streets. Linda Matsumoto, a Niagara Street resident, asked the council to reconsider the conditional-use permit granted to Ferraro to move his business to Olive Avenue because the club would bring traffic, noise and bad behavior to the neighborhood, she said.
March 23, 2005
Mark R. Madler The owner of a popular karaoke club is working with city officials to pare down a list 50 conditions he is being asked to meet before he can relocate his nightclub. Dimples owner Sal Ferraro has to move his business because a 500,000-square-foot, mixed-use condominium and retail project is slated to be built on the site of his present club in the 3400 block of Olive Avenue. But before he can take over the shuttered Chadney's restaurant at Olive and Alameda avenues, the longtime business owner must meet certain requirements set by the city to obtain a conditional-use permit for the site.
April 30, 2005
Move would not create havoc Regarding the Burbank Leader's question, "Do you think karaoke bar Dimples will create safety problems for the neighborhoods it's moving into?" first off, I live just a few blocks from Dimples and I have no problems with the relocation of the restaurant. Dimples is moving about one block from its original location. This new spot is farther away from houses and has more parking than the original. It is basically isolated on an island between NBC and the Acapulco Restaurant.
May 14, 2005
ON THE AGENDA Here are a few of the issues the council will consider Tuesday night. KARAOKE BAR APPEAL Council will reconsider allowing Dimples, a karaoke bar, to move into the closed Chadney's restaurant space at 3000 W. Olive Ave. A resident is concerned that traffic and noise from Dimples customers will harm the nearby residential neighborhood. The Planning Board approved in March a conditional-use permit for Dimples to take over the restaurant space.
February 16, 2005
Mark R. Madler For more than 20 years, music has been the main attraction at an Olive Avenue restaurant and bar named for a Shirley Temple movie. It hasn't been music sung by professionals but performed by those who may not always hit the high note or who are just slightly out of tune. "It's not a pretentious place," said Louis Esteban, a regular customer of Dimples. "It has a great environment and has never been a place for rabble rousers. People who come here want to have fun."