first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Wednesday again upheld a Whittier city ordinance that blocked Rome Fine Dining, former Ibiza Steak and Lounge, from selling alcoholic beverages. Judge David Yaffe made his ruling despite a plea from Roger Jon Diamond, attorney for Rome Fine Dining, that city officials had lied about one of the reasons for revoking the restaurant’s conditional-use permit. Without the permit, Rome Fine Dining can’t sell alcoholic beverages. Since losing its liquor license, the club has been catering to teenagers. Diamond asked Yaffe to allow the club to continue selling alcoholic beverages until the actual lawsuit is heard some time next year. As one of the reasons for revoking the permit, city officials had said there was a stabbing in the early morning hours of Aug. 14 at Rome Fine Dining. But this week, officials said there was no stabbing. The unidentified man, who was injured, was instead hit on the head by a bottle thrown at him. The new information didn’t change Yaffe’s ruling on Oct. 26 when he originally refused to overturn the city’s revocation. “The overwhelming evidence is that this establishment is a constant problem,” Yaffe said. “The stabbing or bottle being thrown is part of the continuum, not one isolated incident,” he said. “It is not in the public interest to allow the establishment to continue to operate.” Diamond asked Yaffe to change his Oct 26 ruling after the new information was revealed. “Why should one bottle be justification to destroy a business?” Diamond asked. “This is a business that had a bottle thrown once in three to four years.” But Kimberly Hall Barlow, attorney for the city, said the Aug. 14 incident was serious. “(The victim) was held and beaten by people,” Barlow said. “He was carried out by employees with no call for aid.” There also have been other problems during the past years, she said. “There have been 429 calls for service,” she said referring to a period from August 2001 to May 2005. “They’ve been for (driving under the influence), urinating in public, stabbings and physical assaults.” Wednesday’s court action followed a City Council meeting Tuesday night in which the council approved a revised resolution that took out the allegation of the stabbing. During the hearing, Diamond cross-examined Mayor Greg Nordbak about his telling of being present the night of Aug. 13 and morning of Aug. 14. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more