When I drove past Luna Park Cafe several weeks ago and noticed Murphy's furniture studio was moving to Pioneer Square, I secretly crossed my fingers that a wine bar or something similar (read: anything with alcohol) would move into its space. My wish was granted.
The old Murphy's space has been snatched up by Sean "Chano" Goff, who spent the last decade at Anthony's on Pier 66. Before that, he opened Grazie in South Center and Bellevue. Not only is he leasing the space, he's going to be the chef of this new Northern Italian restaurant, Cafe Revò (2940 SW Avalon Way, 938-0592). It'll seat less than 100 people, and Sean is extending a front deck all the way to the edge of the sidewalk (just like Luna Park down the block). And, sigh, the place will have a little bar tucked into the right corner.
The bartender, Sean tells me, is coming from Il Fornaio. Because of liquor licensing and all that other building nonsense, Sean says the earliest Cafe Revò can open is late August. It will offer lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.
Sean says he and his wife, Sofia, who live nearby, thought the neighborhood needed a place to Mangia, bevi e godi! (Eat, drink and enjoy). He's right. Currently, we West Seattleites lean on Beàto and La Rustica for our Italian fix.