Glassell Park’s Lemon Poppy Kitchen is cooking up an expansion

Lemon Poppy expanding in to adjacent storefront


GLASSELL PARK — After five years of  building up a loyal base of customers,  Lemon Poppy Kitchen, the Romanian-inspired cafe and bakery, plans to expand by mid-April into an adjacent storefront. The expansion will add more indoor and outdoor seats to the small cafe and coincides with some menu changes.

“Our main focus in this expansion is to open up the space and make it more airy, beautiful and functional,” said says co-owner Anca Caliman,  who runs Lemon Poppy Kitchen along with Katie Kildow and Jack Wilson. “We’ve been working on this for almost two years.”

The expanded dining room of the restaurant,  located in a Verdugo Road minimall, will seat 24 people inside while an additional 16 patrons will be seated outdoors on a

The bigger space will allow for a bigger smoothie bar,  espresso service, takeout sandwiches and salads. The existing menu will also undergo an minor revision.

The owners are also building a bathroom to apply for a beer and wine license. Caliman says dinner service is in the works for later in the year.

Jacqueline Fernandez is a Los Angeles-based reporter who’s written for various media outlets such as Los Angeles Wave, The Miami Herald and WLRN-Miami Herald News.

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  1. Hopefully they’ll have more vegan options.

  2. So hopefully you’ll get rid of those cheap ugly chair and table u have outside. Add some plants and make it pretty please!

    • I have seen similar tables and chairs at many cafes around Los Angeles and can’t remember anyone complaining about those. Plants outside can make a place look good but
      1) it takes time to look after them and they’d have to be brought in every night. Since it’s not their property they couldn’t put large planters that would take up sidewalk space.
      2) Also, sorry to say but some people put trash in planters or pour drinks on the plants, killing them.
      3) Some children want to play in the soil of plants
      4) The owners of the business seem to be focused on improving the menu and broaden what they offer. Anyone who’s ever run a business knows some things need to be a priority…other things can be considered later.

      I haven’t been here and know nothing of whoever owns it. I was looking for an article on something else in Glassell Park and came across this. I like the sound of the place and will probably check it out

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