GYM Bar WeHo re-opens under new ownership

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GYM Bar WeHo re-opened today under a new name and new ownership, headed by Erik Braverman and his partner Jonathan Cottrell.

A new “Raising the Bar” banner hung outside the popular watering hole located at 8919 Santa Monica Blvd., formerly known as Gym Sportsbar & Grill West Hollywood, with Cottrell on hand to greet guests. A new menu is in the works, and the venue plans will soon offer lunch options.   

Braverman and Cottrell hold an 80% ownership stake in the new venture. The other partners include Jeff Healy, as well as John Manelski and his husband Jordan Brusso, and Justin David.

 

 

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Bill Story
Bill Story
18 days ago

My roommate used to work at GymBar. At the new location after the Pandamic. All he did was complain about his manager and tell me all kinds of crazy things they would do. He said sketchy things and one day the ones on top would get caught.

I see they did get caught. Because Gymbar was sold and now there’s new owners.

Looks like the wrong doings that went on they got caught.

Andrew Hobbs
Andrew Hobbs
24 days ago

Rick Schmutzler sold the Bar back in March. I read on a news blog he had legal fees and owed money to the Court on several Judgments. So in order to pay the lawyers and court fines and stuff he had to sell the bar. He was involved in some shifty things that involved investment fraud and money laundering.

WokeJoker
WokeJoker
24 days ago

Recent statistics show, in the USA, more people are using marijuana than drinking alcohol.

Dale Swarovski
Dale Swarovski
20 days ago
Reply to  WokeJoker

When Rick Schumyster had the bar. Lenny and Jake said that Giovanni Vitulli the bar manager did a bump here and there in the back. And his husband Gary… Giovanni gave free drinks too.

Cory Nichols
Cory Nichols
4 days ago
Reply to  WokeJoker

This isn’t true. You got that statistic wrong

Edd H
Edd H
28 days ago

Congratulations Erik, Jonathan, Jeff, John, Jordan & Justin. I’m looking forward to watching many Bucs game at Gym Bar.

John Smith
John Smith
29 days ago

The bars need to close and SMB should be turned into a “high street”, where all residents can shop and create a sense of community. Right now it’s just a street for drunks.

C.R.
C.R.
27 days ago
Reply to  John Smith

LMAO! Brick and mortar retail clings by its fingernails everywhere, you’re living in the past. People shop online. The bars ARE the community.

sadbutrrue
sadbutrrue
27 days ago
Reply to  John Smith

LOL. Mom and pop retail cannot survive in W. Hollywood – the operating costs are to excessive!

Mike Lessard
Mike Lessard
20 days ago
Reply to  sadbutrrue

Bars in Weho will one day be a thing of the past. Thanks to Grindr and other hookup apps

Dale Swarovski
Dale Swarovski
20 days ago
Reply to  John Smith

It’s closed for renovation.

TomSmart
TomSmart
29 days ago

Rehire Jesse

Thom Cook
Thom Cook
20 days ago
Reply to  TomSmart

Yes please!

Joshua88
Joshua88
29 days ago

Good luck!

:dpb
:dpb
29 days ago

I hope they keep the fish and chips on the menu!

Jerome Cleary
Jerome Cleary
29 days ago

I miss Champagne bakery and Noah’s bagels and café 90s that used to be at this location.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
28 days ago
Reply to  Jerome Cleary

True but this has been a great location for Gym Bar which is a neighborhood institution.

Nygoli Nyirenda
Nygoli Nyirenda
20 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Rick Schmutzler is a fool to get involved in sleazy shiit and to gave to sell his bar.

Do the crime Rick now u gotta pay the fine. You dumb ass.

Brandon Watts
Brandon Watts
8 days ago

John Manelski one of the new GymBar owners knows about Rick Schmutzler involvement in laundering the stolen money Krissy Schuh stole from her investors. He says that Rick Schmutzler worked out a deal with the Court to pay the fines. One is as much as buying a sports car. And he also have to tell the Court his involvement and what Krissy Schuh had been doing. She was stealing the money people were trusting her with as an involvement. He said she had no intention what so ever to give the money back. And she and her Barseen App Business… Read more »

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