New Coffee Bar Causes Quite a ‘Stir’

The lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village was packed with invited guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Stir, a new coffee bar with grab-and-go style dining options. The new outlet will serve artesianal Stumptown Coffee and a selection of housemade menu items created by Executive Chef Jesse Hansen and Pastry Chef David Couch.

David Murdoch, owner of the hotel and CEO of Dole Food Co., was among the dignitaries that spoke at the event, declaring his need for “12 cups of coffee a day.”

Stir’s bright and airy elements, just off the front lobby, promises to be a welcome respite for the community, according to Westlake Village Mayor Ned Davis. “This is needed in this area,” he said. “I think this is the kind of place that hits a more mainstream element, a younger element. It’s a place to spend a casual time in a formal place.”

Stir will also serve a barista-less custom coffee experience in which guests can order and pay for their drinks from their smartphones. A Stir app is currently in the works.

In addition to freshly brewed coffee and teas, menu items include a selection of fresh baked pastries such as the Westlake citrus marmalade scone with orange glaze, gluten-free chocolate chip muffin and zucchini walnut bread. The fast casual dining outlet will also serve a variety of gourmet bites on-the-go including panini sandwiches, seasonal fruit parfaits, and salads.

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