Cafe Stella, the French bistro tucked in the back of a Mediterranean-style complex at Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue is planning to double its seating by expanding into the corner storefront now occupied by Driftwood, a vintage and designer clothing and accessories shop.* The cafe, owned by Gareth Kantner, is also seeking to expand its bar offerings beyond and beer and wine to include other alcoholic beverages. Kantner said the extra space would allow Cafe Stella (which now occupied less than a 1,000-square feet) to seat up to 99 diners, up from the current 40 to 50. “The menu will stay the same,” Kantner said. However, the restaurant owner was not willing to say when the larger cafe would be completed, noting that a public hearing on the expanded beer and wine license still needs to be scheduled.
Meanwhile, several blocks east in the 2900 block of Sunset Boulevard, the Thirsty Crow bar is seeking permission to add live entertainment, according to an application filed with the city’s Planning Department. The Eastsider has contacted the owners of the Thirsty Crow for more details.
* Update: David Browne, the owner of Driftwood, said his business will remain open as Kantner pursues his permits.