Monday, March 23, 2009

Riverfront Restaurant Reborn

Posted by on Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:12 PM

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The riverfront restaurant space that had for years been Bella Luna is open once again as a new place called Galvez Restaurant.

Named for the 18th century Spanish governor of Louisiana, Galvez serves Spanish cuisine, including tapas, in a style described by management as traditional and Continental, and decidedly not fusion. It is run by Laura and Cesar Cedillo, who have operated restaurants in New York. There is a piano lounge and open-air terrace.

The restaurant offers some of the best views in a city not renowned for its panoramic perches. That's because the restaurant space is located on the second floor of a French Market building that puts its dining rooms above the floodwalls and levee fronting the Mississippi River. Diners have sweeping views of the Crescent City Connection bridges, passing vessels and the river itself. The view helped net Bella Luna consistent rankings on "most romantic restaurant" lists and the staff there was well-acquainted with the machinations leading up to marriage proposals.

Hurricane Katrina damaged the building's roof, causing water damage that was acerbated by looters, and Bella Luna never reopened.

Galvez Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and beginning this Friday will also serve lunch on those days.

Galvez Restaurant, 914 N. Peters St., 595-3400.

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