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Bella Luna Cafe at Bradley Fair to undergo major remodeling

2015: Bella Luna's Last Night On East Central

Matteo Taha says a sad goodbye to his original Bella Luna on East Central. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle/July 28, 2015
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Matteo Taha says a sad goodbye to his original Bella Luna on East Central. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle/July 28, 2015

On the heels of closing his Bella Luna Cafe in College Hill, Matteo Taha is preparing to do a major remodel at his Bella Luna in Bradley Fair.

He says he’s going to change “pretty much really everything in the dining room.”

That includes the floor, tables, chairs, booths, paint and the patio, which he’s converting to a mostly year-round space with heaters, fans and curtains.

“We’re spending … about $300,000, and really that’s a lot of money for an existing restaurant,” Taha says.

“I think people get tired of looking at the same thing,” he says. “People also appreciate the fact that you do something to your place.”

He’ll close on Aug. 24 for six days to allow Key Construction to do all the work at once.

Taha says he wishes he could have waited to close his Bella Luna at 4618 E. Central until after the remodeling work was done at Bradley Fair so he could more easily find work for his employees during that week. He says some will take vacations during that time.

All the employees from the East Central restaurant have been offered jobs at either the east-side Bella Luna or the one in NewMarket Square.

Taha closed his original Bella Luna so he didn’t have so much to manage.

The last night in business was Tuesday. Check out a video of the closing festivities below.

It was a bittersweet night for Taha.

“I’m never going to close anything again.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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