Luna Cafe at (558 Castro Street) has been closed for some time now, but it looks like its new tenant is getting ready to open its doors. The new restaurant filling the space is called Fable and its owner Jon Hearnsberger describes the menu as California Americana cuisine.
What makes the restaurant so unique and interesting is the "storybook modern" interior design. Pictures of animals in peoples clothing line the clean and simple walls. Murals styled after the stories in Aesop's Fables are found etched in glass and chandeliers that look like deer antlers hang from the cielings. The interior design is the work of Craige Walters who also worked on the design of many bars and clubs throughout the city including Ibiza and Sno Drift. Many people remember owner Hearnsberger from his days at Anchor Oyster (nearly just across the street from his new restaurant) and say that his fans lined up when he was there (though Anchor Oyster seems to always have a line when I go, even now ;) ).
The 32-seat restaurant is expected to open within the next month as they await final approval on their permits. The back patio will be revived as well with an expected opening date sometime in the spring. We'll let you know when the doors are set to open!