Dinette under construction in Echo Park

Echo Park -- It appears that restauranter Gareth Kantner is making progress on expanding his Dinette take-out spot into a larger restaurant and market.

Neighborhood tipsters snapped photos as workers temporarily removed the barriers covering the large windows of the expanded restaurant to reveal a sleek interior in what was once a discount store. 

The small take-out stand has been closed since Feb. 9 "to finish the final stages of our expansion," according to a notice in the window. "We thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you when we re-open with our newly expanded menu and market."

But there's no word as to when the expanded Dinette will open.

It has been a year since Kantner, who also owns Cafe Stella in Silver Lake, indicated that the Dinette expansion as well as well as a new full-service restaurant and bar called Libre and a home goods store would soon be opening soon in the same building on Sunset Boulevard near Echo Park Avenue, according to Eater LA.  But that did not come to pass.

The expansion has been a long time in coming for Kantner.  

When Kantner announced he had purchased the Echo Park commercial building in 2013, it looked like everything would be up and running within two years. While Dinette opened in the former snack stand, the larger space next door remained under wraps while construction and renovations dragged on.

Will the restaurant or restaurants that finally open be worth all the wait and trouble? Stay tuned.

Dinette is at 1608 1/2 Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park

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