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Is Gareth Kantner's Dinette Finally Ready to Debut in Echo Park?

Gareth Kantner's simple Dinette restaurant on Sunset in Echo Park has faced years of delays, but may be ready to debut in the coming weeks.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

After years (and years) of rumblings about an upcoming restaurant project from Sunset Junction's Gareth Kantner -- he of Cafe Stella and its controversial wall fame -- it appears that Dinette may finally be ready for its moment in the sun. As The Eastsider first reported earlier this month, the space seems about two weeks away from opening its doors to the world.

The early word on the all-day eatery includes a simple variety of sandwiches, pizzas and heartier fare, alongside well-made coffees; this is the guy who helped bring Intelligentsia to Silver Lake, after all.

The simple, glassy space seems no worse for the wear after being put into limbo for about half a decade. Eater LA first noticed something new brewing by Kantner in Echo Park as far back as 2008, and more than a year ago put together a Coming Attractions on the space, which had been promoting the Dinette name since almost 2012. Now it appears that the wait for slightly upmarket fast-casual food may be over.

As for Kantner's plans for the rest of the large former E-Pack Family Clothing Store: it's a project loosely titled Libre, which has been in discussion even longer.

1606 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026