San Luis Obispo restaurant Luna Red has closed its doors this week for a $30,000 remodel of its bar area after being approved for a liquor license.
It will reopen for dinner Friday.
The restaurant at 1009 Monterey St., which offers upscale tapas, international dishes and wines, will convert the restaurant’s center island into a standing bar where people can gather to drink and wait to be seated. It will also extend its normal closing time of 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to a closing time determined by traffic and demand, co-owner Robin Covey said.
Chef Shaun Behrens has prepared a late-night cocktail and lounge menu.
Luna Red is the second restaurant concept that owners Robin and Shanny Covey have tested in that location. Luna Red, which opened in September 2010, is “doing consistently much better than Chow” — the previous restaurant that featured a modern feel and more limited menu, Robin Covey said.
Robin and Shanny Covey also operate Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria and Novo in San Luis Obispo. Robin Covey said he has learned, after acquiring a liquor license for Novo in early 2009, that being able to serve alcohol is “necessary for success” in the restaurant business.
— Julia Hickey