Stories has a full cafe in back of the book racks.
We stopped by Saturday night's packed opening party for Stories, the new bookstore in the Sea Level records space on Sunset Blvd. near the Echo. The storefront has really undergone a makeover, with lots of tempting bookshelves upfront and a sleek little cafe at the back. Owner Liz Garo told me opening day will be Tuesday or Wednesday. Starting with Raven's Brew coffee and baked goods from Breadbar, the cafe will soon add sandwiches, soups and plates with hummus, couscous salad, etc. There's a good-sized patio out back which will accomodate several tables, so you can actually pick up a cool new or used book and have a full meal. It was too crowded to browse much, but we spied lots of books by local authors including the now-classic Bohemian Modern and a fun new book from Santa Monica Press, Pop Surf Culture.