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Stories Books & Cafe Aims to Add Beer & Wine in Echo Park

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The indie book store will earn a helpful profit center.

Patio at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park
Patio at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Stories, a modest book store and cafe along Sunset Blvd in Echo Park, has requestedconditional use permit to serve beer and wine until 11 p.m. on weekdays, and until midnight on weekends, according to the Eastsider. It's a boon for the popular indie bookstore that probably knows that its traditional business model just isn't something that will keep it afloat in this day of e-books and Amazon.

The nearly 1,700 square foot store already has a cafe component to help generate revenue, but owner Liz Garo wants to have a limited live entertainment component plus offer beers and glasses of wine for those who want to hang out on the 36 seat patio. Does anyone want to peruse the cookbook section while sipping on a mug of hefeweizen? Sounds like a winning combination. Stories sells both new, used, and rare books, with pastries from Home Boy and Village, plus coffee from Cafecito Organico.