Sol Y Luna, one of Birmingham’s most beloved restaurants, is returning in December at Lane Parke

Chef and Owner Jorge Castro shows off his steak quesadilla. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

According to an announcement on social media and in a news release, six years after closing, Sol Y Luna, the iconic Birmingham restaurant, is set to re-open in December at a new location at Lane Parke in the Mountain Brook.

The specific site will be across the street from Grand Bohemian Hotel and  nearby the new post office.

Photo of the new location of Sol Y Luna at Lane Parke. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Here is the video announcement on Sol Y Luna’s Facebook page.


Jorge Castro, brother of the late chef Guillermo Castro, continues the legacy of this Latin-influenced restaurant.

“The re-opening of Sol Y Luna makes me so proud. It was the first restaurant my brother, Guillermo, opened in Birmingham and it was such a beautiful and unique culinary experience. When we closed Sol Y Luna, it left a void for so many people – me included. We are happy to say that we are giving our customers what they have asked for… Sol y Luna is coming back,” Castro said in a statement.

The original Sol Y Luna menu is back

Along with the new location and an opening date, the legendary Birmingham restaurant will be serving the original menu from the 1997 restaurant featuring its authentic Mexican tapas dishes, premium tequilas and Latin cuisine in an upscale setting. The new location will also include a patio area.

Beloved in the community

Memorial alter of Guillermo Castro at Day of the Dead at Pepper Place in 2018. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The owners of Cantina, the Castro family, have also been big supporters of the annual Day of the Dead celebration in Birmingham.


The return of Sol Y Luna goes beyond the lovingly prepared authentic cuisine.   The restaurant on Southside forged  a personal relationship and friendship with Birmingham residents for over two decades.

“Sol Y Luna is and always will be a way of life for the people of Birmingham which is why we are bringing the restaurant back. Yes, this is for all of you that were waiting to experience an authentic taste of Mexico right in your backyard. See you soon, friends.” said Castro.

Stay tuned for updates on Sol Y Luna in the coming months!

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.