House of Blues, Larry Flynt's Hustler Hollywood Store to Close as Sunset Strip Goes Upscale

Courtesy of The James Los Angeles

Moving in are various luxury hotels such as the James Los Angeles and the first West Coast location of Marriott's Edition brand, condos from AECOM and Combined Properties and restaurants including a chic sushi joint from chef Akira Back

This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The Sunset Strip — a 1.5 mile stretch of West Hollywood pavement best known for its Rock 'n' Roll Clubs — is in the midst of a major overhaul as a wave of luxury hotels, residences, restaurants and retailers prepare to set up shop while other landmarks bid adieu.

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Notable goodbyes include the House of Blues and Larry Flynt's Hustler Hollywood, while the introductions are historic: The James Los Angeles will mark the strip's first ground-up hotel in 30 years, followed closely by the Edition, a Marriott property developed by Ian Schrager. Renderings of the latter will be unveiled to West Hollywood City Council members during a public hearing Oct. 20.

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