It’s been a long time coming but Elf Cafe, the tiny Echo Park vegetarian restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, has acquired the storefront next door as the owners prepare to apply for a beer and wine license. But don’t expect the new space to be crowded with tables. Instead, owner Scott Zweizen said much of the additional 600 square-feet to the east of Elf will allow him to expand his kitchen and provide other amenities. “Though it will probably not translate into that much more seating, it will offer us the opportunity to build up our kitchen’s capabilities and give us a second restroom,” Zweizen said.
With the expanded kitchen area set up, Elf is now in the early stages of obtaining the necessary city and state permits to serve beer and wine to accompany the vegetarian dishes.
“We do plan on applying for a beer and wine license as well and have been reaching out to our residential and commercial neighbors to open a dialogue and get feedback,” Zweizen said. “The response has been wonderfully supportive.”