I saw that article too but it doesn't make sense to me why you need a full remodel to serve beer and wine. Kind of strange to me. Also, all the extant signage is down too. I am afraid it looks as if it's closed for good. Hope I'm wrong though.
There are so many byzantine regulations that come along with selling any kind of alcohol that it is entirely possible that some type of remodeling is necessary for whatever wacky permitting conditions the city has imposed.
Apparently the rules in Santa Monica now demand that a urinal is available in the men's room if one has a wine and beer license. Huckleberry is in the middle of remedying this same problem. They've had to suspend liquor sales until the urinal is installed.