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