By Fernando Alcantara/Garden Grove Journal
A one-year amendment to the agreement between the Korean Festival Foundation of Orange County and the City of Garden Grove was approved during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The three-day event that is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 will move from the Village Green park at Main and Euclid streets back to the Garden Square parking lot on Garden Grove Boulevard; the location for which the Festival has traditionally been held.
As part of the agreement, the Korean Festival Foundation will make a deposit to the city for $20,000 for police support and to pay any other costs that are incurred from the Festival.
The Festival will feature a parade, carnival rides, food, vendors and traditional Korean entertainment and activities.
Another Garden Grove business with hopes of providing live entertainment to its guests via a one-man band and karaoke will get that chance; that chance, however, may have limitations and that business to incur much scrutiny.
The Chyll Oyster Bar and Grill Restaurant on Brookhurst Street has requested a zone change to allow their business to provide live entertainment to their guests.
Primary concerns regarding the zone change is the restaurant’s history of administration citations from Garden Grove Police for illegally operating after hours and having a disc jockey without a permit.
Tiffanie Le, a manager for the Chyll Oyster Bar and Grill, said that their business is being wrongly reprimanded for the behaviors of its previous owners.
According to Le, the Chyll Oyster Bar and Grill has not received any citations in the past six months; the exact duration of time that the restaurant has undergone new management.
“We always close on time, we don’t get complaints and we don’t do anything that’s against the law,” Le said.
Council approved the zone change, albeit not without long deliberation and consideration of future regulations, and suggested to staff that they monitor the business’ behavior and sales receipts to ensure they do not become “just another bar.”
The city council also approved the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The report explains how Garden Grove carried its housing and development strategies using Housing and Urban Development funds during the previous year’s program.
The report provides descriptions and financial information and provides Garden Grove’s progress toward the housing and community priority needs outlined in the City’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan.