The Bungalow at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, a popular lounge that features a Baja-style surf vibe, is shutting its doors for an undetermined amount of time as the operators apply to expand the hotel’s liquor license to cover the venue, which operated for more than a year without permission from the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
During a routine inspection of the venue, officials with the state noticed that the Fairmont’s current license restricted the sale of alcohol to certain spaces within the hotel, including The Bungalow, which boasts farm-fresh cocktails and food by FIG Chef Ray Garcia.
John Carr, a spokesman with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said there is no disciplinary action being taken and there are no records of complaints against the establishment.
“Since this is an existing license and they are trying to expand … this could go rather quickly,” Carr said. “It can take a few days or a few weeks. Right now that process is working its way through.”
The Bungalow issued a statement saying that it was closing for renovations, including expanding the ladies room.
“We are working at breakneck speed to get the paperwork and the construction completed and we decided that the work could be completed under an expedited schedule if we temporarily closed the Bungalow,” the statement reads. “[W]e apologize for any inconvenience.”