Sneak peek: See the new Sol y Luna at Lane Parke, opening in mid-February (Photos)

Sol y Girl, mural at the entrance of the new Sol y Luna at Lane Parke. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Last week, Sol y Luna, held a soft opening at their Lane Parke location in Mountain Brook, across from Grand Bohemian Hotel.

The event provided friends and family a special preview of the iconic Birmingham tapas restaurant, before it officially opens in mid-February.

Bham Now was on hand to take photos and of course sample the cuisine.

The inside is stunning

Sneak Peek Opening of Sol Y Luna in Lane Parke (Bham Now)

When you enter the new Sol y Luna, you are greeted by eye-catching murals and ceiling lights depicting the stars in the sky. The place is welcoming and warm.

Sneak Peek Opening of Sol Y Luna in Lane Parke (Bham Now)

Ben Strout, of Strout Architects and Construction, who did the interior work and is now a partner at Sol y Luna, described the atmosphere.

“We wanted to take a little bit of what was going on at Cantina and the essense of Sol y Luna and bring it all together here. Give it, its own voice. Creating a palette that lets the food be the star. Bright beautiful. Sol y Luna always had an intimate feel. We’ve kept that.”

Ben has every reason to re-capture the magic of the old Sol y Luna that was located in the Lakeview District.

Sneak Peek Opening of Sol Y Luna in Lane Parke (Bham Now)

“I actually proposed to my wife at the original Sol y Luna,” he told us.

The food and drinks were out of this world

As always, the star of the evening was the food. One of the highlights was the lobster taco. It literally melts in your mouth. Paired with Sol y Luna’s perfect margarita, it literally makes the “perfect” meal.

Sneak Peek Opening of Sol Y Luna in Lane Parke (Bham Now)
Sol y Luna’s lobster taco. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“The food is as good or better that I remember. I feel like we have been able to rekindle the original romance that it had,” added Strout.

Continuing Guillermo’s legacy

Sol y Luna’s Jorge Castro. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The new Sol y Luna is also about family. Jorge Castro, brother of the late chef Guillermo Castro, who established the first Sol y Luna, continues the legacy of this Latin-influenced restaurant. In the new Sol y Luna there is a picture of Guillermo, who was one of Birmingham’s most beloved chefs, keeping a watchful eye on the place.

Sneak Peek Opening of Sol Y Luna in Lane Parke (Bham Now)

“We are excited. It was always in our mind and our heart to open back up, Sol y Luna one day. Today is the day. We are really thankful to have the opportunity to do it again,” said Jorge Castro.

Remember Mid-February

Sol y Girl, mural at the entrance of the new Sol y Luna at Lane Parke. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The anticipation is building. Circle your calendars. Sol y Luna is opening in mid-February.

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.