A large group of Silver Lake residents and officials – including City Council staff, business owners and even the Silver Lake $5 Guy – gathered Thursday night to hear restaurant owner Gareth Kantner respond to criticism about the wall he is building in front of his Sunset Junction property. While Kantner said he would “love to hear your suggestions”, the writing was on the wall: no changes will be made. “This is sort of a moot point at this point,” said Kantner, owner of Cafe Stella and the surrounding storefronts at Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue .
Some officials with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, which hosted the meeting, said they were not aware that Kantner would construct an approximately six-foot high wall, which will enclose a patio, when they supported his restaurant expansion plans. A spokesman for Councilman Eric Garcetti said the office would review zoning along Sunset Boulevard but said the city had already approved Kantner’s plans and issued the necessary building permits to build the wall, which will be finished off with stucco and vines.
Silver Lake resident and blogger Will Campbell summarized the meeting this way:
With the exception of a Kantner supporter sneering at a detractor and calling her ridiculous, the meeting itself was a rather civil affair – I think mainly because it was pretty much agreed that the wall’s a done deal and all that’s left is the stucco and the bougainvillea.