After a speedy staff presentation and a few public comments, the Newport Beach Planning Commission on Thursday evening unanimously voted to allow Rose Bakery Cafe to continue operating with the same conditions granted in December 2010.
“I was concerned, but it was great,” said Dai Lim, who owns the popular Corona del Mar restaurant with her husband, Shawn Lim, after the hearing. “That was fast and easy.”
The hearing on Thursday was a review the commissioners required in 2010, when they agreed to allow the Lims to expand the outdoor seating area at the restaurant at 3536 East Coast Highway; read our story here.
Several Rose employees attended the hearing, which was held in Council Chambers at City Hall.
“I love Corona del Mar,” employee Lance Ehlers told the commissioners. “I love working at Roses. It’s a family joint. Shawn and Dai are like second parents to me. They’re good people.”
Corona del Mar resident Dan Purcell told the commissioners he supported Rose Bakery but had concerns about code violations including messy trash containers.
Christine Lester, property manager for the building, said the company had ordered a new trash container with a lid and had increased power washings of the trash areas to twice a month.
Another Corona del Mar couple submitted a letter to the commissioners, saying they had lived in the village for 40 years and “have not enjoyed an eatery as much” as Rose’s.
“The owners are hared working and they serve really good food at a reasonable price,” said the letter written by Dick and Sandy Nichols. “We also totally enjoy seeing all the young people they employ…Rose’s is truly a success story…Over the years, there have been many restaurants that have not survived. We hope that the City of Newport Beach and the Planning Commission will continue to work with the owners of Rose Cafe to ensure their continuing success.”
Planning Commission Chairman Michael Toerge of Corona del Mar said the restaurant was the exact kind of neighborhood cafe that village leaders had hoped for when they began their longterm beautification “vision plans” in the 1990s.
The hearing and vote took about 15 minutes, and the Lims were ready to leave by 7 p.m. — four hours earlier than in December 2010, when a longer agenda and discussion delayed the vote until 11 p.m.