New Restaurants, Pot Shops and Alcohol Licenses on the Way

The business wheels continue churning in Malibu, as a couple of new restaurants have appeared on the scene, medical marijuana may soon make its return to Malibu and Lily’s Cafe and Pastries hopes to begin selling beer and wine. 

Commission still debating new pot shops

Due to a late-night time crunch, a Sept. 2 hearing by the Planning Commission on two new medical marijuana dispensaries looking to open in central Malibu was put on hold until Sept. 15.

However, it appears only one of the shops will emerge victorious as city law stipulates that dispensaries must be at least 1,000 feet apart. 

“Since the two projects are within 1,000 feet of each other, only one can be approved,” planning director Joyce Parker-Bozylinski said in an email. 

One dispensary, the 99 High Tide Collective, is aiming to open upstairs in the same building where Zuma Jay’s surf shop is located at 22775 Pacific Coast Highway. But some have complained that the dispensary would be out of ADA compliance without an elevator or ramp to access the second level. The other dispensary would be located in the building of an abandoned gas station near Kentucky Fried Chicken at 22729 PCH. 

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The Planning Commission meets on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.

The Ranch at Solstice Canyon open for business

The former BeauRivage site has been revitalized and reopened as The Ranch at Solstice Canyon, nearly two years after the building was ravaged by a fire. 

Helmed by Garner Gerson, the same person behind Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch, the site has been broken up into four areas: a roadhouse-style dining room, a craft beer tasting room, a bar area and, lastly, a clothing boutique. 

Lily’s applies to sell beer and wine 

Lily’s, a staple of Point Dume Village widely beloved by breakfast-burrito consumers, also has an application in with the city to sell beer and wine, and extend its operating hours from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Lily’s Café has been a favorite Malibu landmark for over 23 years. Lily arrived in town when she was 18 years old along with her husband, Abel, and her daughter, Lindsi. Taking ownership of what was originally Sten’s Pastries, they turned the establishment into one of the most popular cafes in town. Regular customers have been showing up each morning for decades. 

The item is up for discussion on Oct. 6 at the Malibu Planning Commission meeting.

Le Pain Quotidien seeks operating and liquor permits

Malibu Village may soon be welcoming a brand new tenant, popular chain restaurant Le Pain Quotidien.

Representatives have filed an application for a conditional use permit (CUP) for the restaurant, including the sale of wine, beer and spirits and the addition of a 325-square-foot patio for outdoor dining.

The application, filed in January, will be considered at the Oct. 6 Malibu Planning Commission meeting.

Le Pain Quotidien is a “fast casual” restaurant with current locations open in 17 countries including the U.S. There are several locations operating in the greater LA area, including nearby Calabasas and Santa Monica. Founded in 1990, the restaurant serves bakery products as well as organic beverages, soups, quiches, salads and desserts, according to its website.

Although the application includes a request for a license to serve alcohol, its branches do not include a traditional bar or operate 

late at night. The Calabasas location closes daily at 8 p.m. while the Santa Monica location closes at 7 p.m. 

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