Jul 28, 2014

Family Restaurant and Arcade to Open in Place of Finbar's

The Seal Beach Planning Commission approved plans for Lakewood-based Glory Days to open on PCH.

Family Restaurant and Arcade to Open in Place of Finbar's

The Seal Beach Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for the family restaurant Glory Days to open in place Finbar’s as early as September.

The location will be the company’s second, and it will include a 12 game video arcade, outdoor seating and live music, according to owner Richard Brown, who opened the first location in Lakewood.Wednesday night the Planning Commission approved his application to operate for extended hours.

The commission’s approval will allow Glory Days to serve alcohol, install a 12-game arcade room, host unamplified live music and keep it’s doors open until midnight on weeknights and 1 a.m. on Friday andSaturday—causing concern from local residents.

Lynda Krueger, who lives on 8th street near Marina Drive, worries about late night noise carrying keeping her up at night.

“You don’t realize until it’s 1 a.m. how much the noise really does bounce and travel,” she said.

But Brown described his restaurant as having a “truly a family-style atmosphere.”

According to Brown, Glory Days is an ideal spot for families with kids who play sports because it stays open late enough t to serve people after a late-running game.

“A lot of the times those games can go until 10:15 p.m.,” said Brown. “We get a lot of the teams—normal citizens—who by closing at 11 p.m., I believe, keeps people from coming in.”

The restaurant also plans to have two meeting rooms that can seat up to 40 people and be rented out.

“I’ve got an excellent track record,” said Brown, who supplied the board with written recommendations from long-time neighbors of his first location on Woodruff and Carson.

The commission also approved Brown’s proposal to have large open, windows as long as he closes them by 10 p.m. and during live entertainment.

The council voted 4–1 under those conditions, making planning commissioner Robert Goldberg the only one opposed.

“I share the concerns of the residents in regard to noise,” he said. “I’m not convinced that open windows are essential to the success of this business.

“It’s a restaurant, it’s not a sports bar,” countered Planning Commission Chair Massa-Lavitt.

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