Cafe Luigi Will Not Reopen in Bedford Marketplace; Looking for New Home
A few months ago, we reported that a popular suburban restaurant temporarily closed its doors in anticipation of a move to a new building within its shopping center. Now we have learned that this won't be happening.
According to a source, Cafe Luigi in Bedford will not be reopening within the Bedford Marketplace, with a post from the Bedford-Business blog confirming this, saying that owner Richard Stoico is now trying to find a new home for his Italian eatery. The post says that Stoico would like to keep Luigi's in Bedford, but he is also looking in surrounding communities as well.
Cafe Luigi, which first opened nearly 30 years ago, shut down in August because its building was being demolished as part of a major renovation of the shopping center, with the plan being to reopen in its new home in the spring of 2016. The place has been known as a family-friendly restaurant featuring a mix of traditional Italian fare and old-school Italian-American items. (The parent company of Cafe Luigi also runs Grassfields in Andover and Waltham, Jimmy's Steer House in Arlington and Saugus, Jimmy's Tavern and Grill in Shrewsbury, Mario's in Lexington, and Prime in Wayland.)
The website for Luigi's can be found at http://www.luigisbedford.com/
[December 31 update: A Facebook post from Cafe Luigi says that it is looking to reopen sometime in the spring, though the note does not say where the new location will be (it simply references "our next home").]
[May 5, 2016 update: A new Facebook post from Cafe Luigi states that it will not be reopening this spring after all, as "certain obstacles presented themselves that could not be overcome." The post goes on to say that "We are still actively pursuing a new space but do not have information to share publicly at this time."]
[June 8, 2016 update: In what could be seen as an ominous turn of events, both the Facebook page and the website for Luigi's have been taken down.]
Cafe Luigi in Bedford Has Closed; Will Reopen in New Building
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