OCEAN BEACH, CA. We were shocked the other day when we saw an alcohol sales notice on the window of the former OB Youth Community Services building on the last block of Newport Ave, at 5041 Newport.
The applicant is Mike Abas Tajran, and it’s for OB Micro Brewery. Looks like another restaurant bar for Ocean Beach, and another addition to a block that is saturated with booze selling establishments.
Perhaps some in OB will be over joyed – looking at the many, many comments to a very recent post about “Bars and Clubs in OB.” – Another bar – another place to hang out and drink! You can’t drink at the beach, so drink before the beach, after the beach, during ….
The rumor is that Newport Pizza bought the two-story pink stucco excuse of a building. The building used to house the Inbetween – OB’s infamous youth drop-in center that flourished in the Seventies. Then it was “paved” over, and became the offices of OB Youth Community Services. It’s look appeared to reject the old, welcoming signs of the Inbetween, and morphed into a sterile, forbidding look. “No Loitering” signs were visibly pasted on its window. Very fortress like.
With this addition, it appears that the 5000 block of Newport will house a dozen businesses that sell alcohol, including the market at the corner. Without doing an actual count, this could mean one-third of the businesses on that one block sell the impairing liquidy stuff.
We have to ask: how many alcohol-selling businesses can our community handle on this last block of our mainstreet?