ECHO PARK — Gareth Kantner, owner of Cafe Stella in Silver Lake, is moving ahead with plans to open a big restaurant in a former Sunset Boulevard discount store. But the 5,000-square-foot space will not only have a restaurant. It will also contain a market as well, according to city records.
It’s been nearly three years since Kantner purchased the former E-Pack store building on Sunset near Echo Park Avenue. A year later he opened Dinette, a small, take-out sandwich shop and cafe in part of the property. But the main building remained untouched.
Now, in a filing with the Planning Commission, Kantner is seeking city permission to serve alcohol as part of a new full-service restaurant and also sell beer and wine to go from a new market on the site.
Kantner also wants an exception from zoning codes that would require him to provide 19 off-street parking spaces. Instead, he only wants to provide three spaces.
Three years ago, Kantner said the restaurant, which would be named Libre, would include indoor and outdoor dining spaces and a menu of grilled meats, vegetable dishes, salads and oven-baked pizzas. Is that what he still has in mind? Stay tuned.
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