August 17, 2020 at 11:22 am PDT | by Troy Masters
Come Together in the alley at Abbey Road right now

The Abbey and The Chapel offer expanding outdoor restaurant with Abby Road. (Photo courtesy The Abbey)

In the middle of a global pandemic, almost every business on earth has had to find a way to reinvent itself with protecting patrons and preserving revenue stream top of mind. That requires resourcefulness and flair.

David Cooley, one of the most resourceful business minds in West Hollywood is leading the charge as owner of The Abbey Food & Bar. He’s been busy during the pandemic, reinventing his businesses and putting the final touches on Botega Louie.

And now, as if out of nowhere, a creative flourish….

West Hollywood’s most famous gay bar has added to its offerings, taking over an alleyway located between Pump and The Chapel and offering a European twist on outside dining.

Alleyway dining is a feature of most European cities as are entire outdoor dining streets, an idea currently being entertained by some entrepreneurs as West Hollywood is forced to reinvent itself; two popular gay bars having closed and other’s rumored to be facing a similar fate.

Reinvention is why Cooley is calling it “Abbey Road,” a mixed homage to West Hollywood’s The Abbey and London’s famed recording district street made famous by the Beatle’s final album of the same name.

David Cooley, owner of West Hollywood’s famed bar and restaurant, The Abbey, was on hand to welcome customers on the first post-lockdown day of business. (Photo by Troy Masters)

“Outdoor dining has been part of The Abbey since I first opened in 1991 but now it’s the only option for restaurants,” said David Cooley, Founder and Owner of The Abbey, The Chapel and Within. “The City of West Hollywood, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Alcohol Beverage Control have been such great partners, coming up with ways to help small businesses survive and adapt by using the sidewalks and alleyways to keep our businesses open. With their help and leadership, we can continue to offer our guests The Abbey experience we’ve all grown to love in an exciting new way.”

Abbey Road offers diners an outdoor oasis featuring a nod to the famous white striped Abbey Road crosswalk, adorned with hanging gardens, planters and greenery, and plenty of natural lighting in a Euro-centric bistro café setting.

Guests can expect to find all of their favorite Abbey menu items like the Abbey Nachos and Chick for Gay Sandwich, accompanied by an all new seasonal menu and The Abbey’s classic library of over 200+ specialty cocktails, plus mocktails, craft beers and wines.

Abbey Road is designed by Chad Waterhouse of world-famous Waterhouse Designs, who also designed Within, the elevated high-end lounge at The Abbey.

Abbey Road is located at 696 N. Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, directly adjacent to The Abbey Food and Bar at 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, California, 90069. For more details on Abbey Road, The Abbey Food & Bar, Within or The Chapel at The Abbey, visit for

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