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.

Mark Hayes October 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Congrats Lily on meeting the arbiter of tastes standard and being allowed to remain in the czars center. One day if you ever decide to sell you will have a lease and maybe a liquor license unlike your neighbor Hye Song. Nice distraction article from the Rally today. Lily please bring back avocado. I know they are expensive but so are your burritos.
Mark Hayes October 19, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Jessica Why is my post not up? This article smacks of public relations to offset the bad decision making by a landlord. I love Lilys but they arent even applying until next year and marquis has to get approval for more bathrooms (septic approval). Interesting timing eh?
Mark Hayes October 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM
3 hours and no post update. Are just positive good news supporting landlords posted immediately? whats up?
Saltwater October 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Does anyone else find it odd that while Lily's makes plans for expansion Point Pizza is out of business at it's current location? Both are small, indie, one-off stores.
Susan Tellem October 19, 2012 at 04:28 PM
No more beer and wine licenses, period. What the heck is going on? New motto - "Malibu - we love DUIs!"
Jessica E. Davis October 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Apologies all. The comments had a bug this morning, but all is back to normal. Thanks for your patience.
hellwood October 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
interesting timing for an expansion. Where does Zan fit into all of this? Will she be serving organic booze?
J. Flo October 19, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Again are the conditions of this expansion for the landlord to own a % of her business? Reported here, he owns a % of Savory, the new Coffee business is rumored as well. I hope that the Patch can ask the landlord to confirm or deny and set the record straight. Some disturbing news about leases have been stated - sincerely hope they are not true. We deeply appreciate landlord support for our valued small businesses. We love the businesses there, support them and expect that they are being treated fairly. But then again, we're watching a beloved 24 year old business being tossed out . . .
Andy Lyon October 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
NEWSFLASH !! It's Oct 19th..plenty of time before 'after the new year' to make this news worthy, but super timely for what is really going on there. Way to pander to Zan Malibu Patch ! Shouldn't this be an opinion piece by him ? Or maybe this should be an advertisement ? losing credibility when you run things like this that are so blatantly obvious to be PR moves.
Jody Kern October 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Between the Surfside News and this Patch news posting...cough...just want to say I'm glad we have unbiased reporting in Malibu. Thanks a lot.
Cindy Vandor October 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Zan Marquis ruined Broad Beach running the GHAD that put the rocks in, treating his Malibu West neighbors like peasantry while treating himself to double tax exempt bonds at drool-worthy rates. Follow the money, that's all Zan Marquis cares about.
John Mazza October 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I wish Lilly well on this project but she may run into problems with the planning process. The code requires that adequate parking be provided before a restaurant expands beyond its grandfathered footprint in an under parked shopping center. As far as I can remember, Savoy used up every available parking spot when it expanded its service area for outside seating. It will probably take a parking structure to expand parking at the Pt. Dume center. As far as booze goes, that will require a CUP. Lilly's is my favorite Malibu restaurant and I hope she can figure a way to comply with the codes. With the parking situation that will be a challenge.
lifeisgood October 19, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I love Lily and her breakfast burritos with her terrific hot sauce! And I have to agree that the timing of this announcement is odd given what's happening with Point Pizza. While Zan is connected with the GHAD/rocks on the beach, it was our Malibu City Council led by then Mayor Andy Stern and Broad Beach neighbor of Zan who approved the rocks. BTW, has anyone noticed that no locals work at the new coffee shop? That no one connected with that coffee shop is part of the Malibu community? Weird that.
Mark Hayes October 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I love Lilys and I love Point Pizza. This article is such a Puff piece sweetly laid out as a distraction from the despicable acts marquis is doing. The tenants are afraid to tell the public of their tyrannical landlord. % of businesses, taste tests and the tenants have few choices if they want to leave so they acquiesce to a butthead. You may make a lot of money marquis but you will never have any class.
James Sanders October 19, 2012 at 08:56 PM
The Surfside News has increasingly remained unopened on our dining room table. After this comment, I opened it. Between the inaccurate reporting on the story, an absurd editorial, the unprofessional editorial decision to publish an anonymous letter, an evident and unfounded bias against this local business has been publicly stated. One has to pause in wonder at the personal motive reflected. In the future it will remain an unopened contribution to our recycling container.
J. Flo October 19, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Do locals work at D'Amores Pizza? Unfortunate when locals do not get local jobs, agree! I do know that the new bookstore is hiring local, and high school kids. Love that.
Lenny Shaw October 20, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Great news. But what of the dire predictions after Point Pizza, that Lily's was "next"? You mean the loudest and most hysterical voices are not necessarily the most accurate? That can't be right ;)
Lenny Shaw October 20, 2012 at 04:12 AM
As for hiring locals, please tell me how anyone clerking in a retail outlet can begin to afford to live in Malibu???? Other than the kids. It seems so obvious a question that I feel like I am living in a Lewis Carroll world
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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