The Sunset Strip location of Live Nation’s House of Blues in West Hollywood is nearing the end of its 20-year run as the chain’s flagship performance venue/eatery, to be replaced by high-end lodgings.
Developer Combined Properties Inc. plans for the House of Blues to be replaced with a complex consisting of 149 hotel rooms, 40 condos, five rental units and a venue for entertainment, according to a Bloomberg report. Combined Properties executive vice president of development Marianne Lowenthal said that construction of the new facility should take about two and a half years, without a current cost estimate.
While Bloomberg reported that construction of the mixed-use complex will begin as early as late 2015, House of Blues spokesman Jim Yeager estimates it will be closer to 2017.
“Our legendary House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard – the flagship for 20 years of our popular venues around the country – will operate business as usual while we look for a new home,” said Live Nation representative Ashton Spatz. “We have a terrific relationship with our landlord who has other plans to develop the property and we’re working together on a very smooth transition. We have two-plus years to find that perfect spot for a new Los Angeles House of Blues home with no interruption for music fans. “
The Sunset Strip House of Blues opened in 1994, two years after the debut opening in Boston’s Harvard Square. Live Nation, which acquired House of Blues in 2006, currently operates 12 locations across the country, with a franchised 13th location in Atlantic City.
The demolition is one of many upcoming changes facing Sunset Blvd. in the near future. Larry Flynt’s Hustler Hollywood, an erotica store owned by Flynt Management Group, is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a hotel after being sold to an undisclosed buyer.