A Hollywood restaurant co-owned by Ashton Kutcher has sparked an uproar among local residents, after party guests were allowed to cover the eatery's exterior with graffiti on Sunday (18SEP05).

Dolce, which counts furniture boutiques and fashion stores as its neighbours on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue, had displayed a conservative grey-coloured facade since it's 2003 opening.

But all of that changed when, during a noisy birthday bash, guests were given cans of spray-paint - and permission to write on the restaurant's walls - much to the horror of residents in the tidy neighbourhood.

Restaurant general manager MAURIZIO LaROSA says 600 people attended the party for the eatery's principal owners MIKE MALIN, 35, and LONNIE MOORE, 33.

Dolce is expected to be re-painted burgundy today (21SEP05).