Lily's Cafe to Expand After New Year

Lily Castro says she is focusing on her family this year, but next year she hopes to add a beer and wine license and dinner service.

Lily Castro, owner of Lily's Cafe & Pastries, said she hopes to get a beer and wine license and offer dinner service at her restaurant next year.

"Now I don't have the time," Castro said, adding that she hopes one day her customers can enjoy a margarita with a burrito.

Castro said she still needs Malibu residents to come and support her by eating from her restaurant, which is popular among locals.

Kathryn Natalia, property manager for the Point Dume Village, confirmed the plans and its commitment to Lily's Cafe & Pastries.

"Lily's is going to be expanding and adding bathrooms so she can get a beer and wine license," Natalia said. "... She wants to be able to offer more to her clients. If she can offer beer and wine, she can stay open for dinner."

Natalia said the timing of the expansion may be a few months away.

"She will be waiting until after the New Year to start the expansion so she can devote her attention to her family," Natalia said.

Currently, Lily's Cafe & Pastries is open from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lenny Shaw October 20, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Last post I promise. Anyone see SNL last week? Where Chinese workers confronted complaining I Phone customers in that skit? When someone in Malibu complains that they are being treated like "peasantry" it approaches self-parody. You do Mitt Romney proud
Jessica E. Davis October 20, 2012 at 06:23 AM
To clarify, people have been asking me for weeks what is going to happen to Lily's in light of the news about Point Pizza. It took me quite some time to track Lily down and speak to her as well as the property management. This wasn't a press release sent to me. I spoke to both parties independently and chose to run this story today because it was ready to publish. That's all.
hellwood October 20, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Lenny, I lived for 4 1/2 years in a tiny unit with no kitchen (not even a stove). I cooked on a BBQ every single night, ate PB&J's, and made tuna melts in a toaster oven for years before I finally got a hotplate and an electric wok. I did my dishes in the bathroom sink. I worked at a retail store and rode my bicycle to and from work. it can be done :)
Lenny Shaw October 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Hellwood, I don't know how recent that was but that is great if it was your choice. At least you lived your ideal, unlike others who have never even begun to struggle. But there are a lot of people out there who would love to live or even work in Malibu, but don't want to have to live like a pauper (or peasant) to do it I know someone who once said that they would rather be homeless in Malibu than have an apartment or even a house in the Valley. If you really live by that, great ! But for those of us that have actually done both, it IS asking a lot! :)
R Y A N October 21, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Each time a shopping center sells for $20-60 million, debt service and real estate commissions must be paid, along with higher taxes on the triple-net's. Rents double or triple. Sellers and leasing agents reap the bounty while Malibu residents pay the that debt service, pay those taxes, and pay those commissions from HIGHER PRICES. Ousting local independents for chains that agree to high rent gives leasing agents more sales commissions for replacement tenants. Churning those high-rent tenants after each fails to renew, due to lack of profitability, provides more leasing commissions . . . All the window dressings may look pretty, but the dollars are not rolling in. It's just a matter of time until what locals know becomes apparent to the newbie businesses.


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