Although Cafe Vienna has closed its doors, it doesn't look like Ferdinand Lettner has moved on from his love of European-style cafes.
Goko Cafe, known for its eclectic menu of everything from burritos and sandwiches to gyros and acai bowls, closed shop June 7 and underwent a transformation in just three weeks. Kerry and Breshkai Berlin, who bought Goko Cafe three years ago, partnered up with Lettner for a new concept: Thalia Beach Cafe, which was unveiled to the public June 30.
The surfboard upon the wall and the beachy vibe was traded in for a more sophisticated look — sleek tables and minimal decor — causing the red walls, previously covered with beach art, to pop.
The cafe at 907 S. Coast Hwy. now serves crepes, wraps and sandwiches, along with salads, breakfast dishes and plenty of espresso drinks to choose from.
Half of the menu is sandwich-type fillings that can be served in a wrap, crepe or between bread — such as black forest ham and Gruyère cheese or the "Laguna Ranch Chicken," which consists of turkey, avocado, tomato, Jack cheese, Dijon mustard and ranch dressing.