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May 2, 1993
Despite the fact that Carla Diamond's letter "Shouldn't the Insomnia Cafe Be Welcomed and Encouraged?" (April 25) took the words right out of the mouths of the owners of the cafe, we'd like to respond on the off chance it's taken seriously. Her opening statement that "the whole tone of negotiations . . . has been confrontational as opposed to cooperative" ignores some facts. The owners of of Insomnia Cafe willfully chose a location that they knew was not suited to nor legally acceptable for a restaurant, most importantly because it has no parking lot. Eight months after being served an order to comply by the city, they have not corrected the situation.
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March 10, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of losing sleep over complaints from his Sherman Oaks neighbors and restrictions from Los Angeles city officials, the owner of the bohemian Insomnia Cafe is calling it quits. The joint is up for sale. "I'm pretty beat up," said John Dunn, who opened the Ventura Boulevard coffeehouse in 1992 and was immediately swamped with complaints from neighbors over noisy, mostly young patrons. "After 3 1/2 years of fighting with neighbors and trying to run a small business, it's time to move on."
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August 24, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
The co-owner of a controversial Sherman Oaks coffeehouse said Monday he would appeal to the Los Angeles City Council a set of restrictions placed on his business last month by city zoning officials. After being deemed a public nuisance by a zoning administrator in March, the Insomnia Cafe was ordered by the Board of Zoning Appeals to cut back its late-night hours, provide uniformed security guards after 5 p.m. and provide additional parking for its patrons.
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August 18, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Insomnia Cafe, which annoyed its neighbors for more than three years with its late hours and noisy customers, is converting to a private, members-only coffeehouse as of today, owner John Dunn said in a surprise announcement Thursday. The often-defiant Dunn did an about-face Thursday, expressing regret for the headaches that his clientele have caused nearby residents, and saying the members-only concept was intended to screen out the trouble-making element.
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December 2, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
On the day that his beleaguered Insomnia Cafe was to begin complying with tight new restrictions on its operation, cafe co-owner John Dunn said he would ignore the rules, which require the cafe to cut back its late-night hours and increase security. "We want to challenge those decisions in a logical court of law," said Dunn, expressing his displeasure at a unanimous decision imposing the rules on the cafe by the Los Angeles City Council last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1993
I have been a patron of the Insomnia Cafe since I have lived here (not quite a year). I am concerned about its troubles for two reasons. First, I feel that the whole tone of negotiations with this business has been confrontational as opposed to cooperative. From what I understand from The Times' coverage, the business has tried to be cooperative and to work with its neighbors. Second, I believe that Insomnia performs a number of valuable services to the community that have been overlooked.
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November 18, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted 13 to 0 to place restrictions on the embattled Insomnia Cafe in Sherman Oaks, forcing the popular eatery to cut back its late-night hours, provide a security guard after dark and supply more parking for its patrons. The council action caps an 18-month battle between cafe co-owner John Dunn and some of Insomnia's neighbors, who charge that patrons of the coffeehouse are loud and unruly and have disrupted the neighborhood.
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August 19, 1992 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since the Insomnia Cafe opened on Ventura Boulevard in March, nearby homeowners say they haven't had a good night's sleep. Neighbors claim that customers of the trendy Sherman Oaks coffeehouse park by their houses and party on their lawns. The cafe-goers reportedly rev their engines as they cruise residential streets and yell while they loiter in front of the establishment--which stays open until at least 3 a.m. seven days a week. "At this point, it's like, 'Just give us a day off.
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August 18, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Insomnia Cafe, which annoyed its neighbors for more than three years with its late hours and noisy customers, is converting to a private, members-only coffeehouse as of today, owner John Dunn said in a surprise announcement Thursday. The often-defiant Dunn did an about-face Thursday, expressing regret for the headaches that his clientele have caused nearby residents, and saying the members-only concept was intended to screen out the trouble-making element.
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July 21, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
A Sherman Oaks coffeehouse owner was found guilty Thursday of violating his probation by failing to obey a city-ordered closing time of 1 a.m. on weekends, Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn said. The coffeehouse, the Insomnia Cafe, has been under fire from neighbors who complain that the establishment's patrons aren't the only ones who can't sleep. Residents say traffic, rowdy patrons and late-night noise have made their lives miserable.
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November 22, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
A Van Nuys Municipal Court official on Monday granted a delay in the trial of the owners of a Sherman Oaks coffeehouse who were accused of disobeying a City Council order. Commissioner Rebecca Omens put off the trial of Third Life Inc., which operates the Insomnia Cafe; company president Michael Pulwer, and secretary John Dunn until Dec. 6, at the request of defense attorneys Robert Sheahen and Stanley Stone, according to Deputy City Atty. Don Cocek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
The owners of the Insomnia Cafe, a popular but controversy-dogged coffeehouse in Sherman Oaks, will not be opening a sister shop in Encino as planned. John Dunn, the cafe's owner, said that problems with his intended partners were responsible for the breakup of the deal. The decision was due to "partners who didn't come through with what they promised me," Dunn said this week.
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April 21, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Concerned about noise and parking that could be caused by the opening of a late-night coffeehouse in their neighborhood, Encino residents will meet today with representatives of City Councilman Marvin Braude. But John Dunn wonders if Encino residents are losing sleep over nothing.
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February 26, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI
The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed criminal charges Friday against the owner and operators of a Sherman Oaks cafe for ignoring a City Council order to cut back late-night hours. Third Life Inc., which operates the Insomnia Cafe, John Pulwer, the company's president, and coffeehouse manager John Dunn were charged with two counts of disobeying a City Council order.
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November 18, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted 13 to 0 to place restrictions on the embattled Insomnia Cafe in Sherman Oaks, forcing the popular eatery to cut back its late-night hours, provide a security guard after dark and supply more parking for its patrons. The council action caps an 18-month battle between cafe co-owner John Dunn and some of Insomnia's neighbors, who charge that patrons of the coffeehouse are loud and unruly and have disrupted the neighborhood.
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November 3, 1993 | HUGO MARTIN
A Los Angeles city planning panel voted Tuesday to ease a set of restrictions imposed on a Sherman Oaks coffeehouse after neighbors complained about late-night noise and parking problems. But the decision by the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee to modify conditions imposed by city zoning officials did not appease John Dunn, co-owner of the Insomnia Cafe. After the committee's vote, he vowed to sue the city over the remaining conditions.
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