Cafe Luna’s new location opens this week in Naples.
The traditional Italian restaurant has moved into Liberty Plaza, across from Outback Steakhouse on U.S. 41 North.
The original location of Cafe Luna that launched in January 2007 on Fifth Avenue South in Naples is still open, but not for long. The downtown restaurant’s last day will be April 30, Barsamian said.
In less than two months, a stretch of businesses on Fifth Avenue South is set to be demolished in early May to make way for condominiums and new commercial space. In addition to Cafe Luna, the post-season redevelopment project spells the end for spaces occupied by Avenue Wine Cafe, Bella Maria Cafe, Kohr’s Family Frozen Custard, and other businesses.The redeveloped Fifth Avenue block between Fourth Street South and Fifth Street South won’t have restaurants, said owner Phil McCabe, but Nike and Microsoft stores are proposed on the ground floor of a three-story building planned to have residential units above and a parking garage below.
Although Cafe Luna will be down to one restaurant again in May, expect its owners to open another location this year, Barsamian said.
“We are negotiating on a space right now in North Naples,” he said.
Cafe Luna’s new location will offer the same food, lunch and dinner specials as its original restaurant. The menu features Italian classics such as spaghetti and meatballs and chicken or veal Marsala, Piccata, or Parmesan. Cafe Luna also offers pizza and one of the best dinner specials in Naples: “A Veally Good Deal,” two dinners and a bottle of wine for $29.99.
The new location features a state-of the art expanded bar that will seat 25. The restaurant has 180 seats total, and eventually will have outdoor seating, Barsamian said.
“We are just going to open up without it, but all in due time,” he said.
Starting Monday, the new Cafe Luna, 4947 U.S. 41 N., will be open every day 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. daily. For information, call 239-529-2101, or go to cafelunanaples.com.