By JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
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.
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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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