Anyone who was still harboring hopes that Luma would move back into its old space should be convinced by the photos above. Seen through the front windows, the interior is gutted as workers remodel it for the new tenant, Ava, a Mediterranean style restaurant with owners from South Florida. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it won’t be opening any time soon.
As for Luma, word is that the owners were negotiating for another Park Avenue space, the site of a former high-end appliance venue on the lower part of the boulevard, but that fell through. I’m also hearing that the restaurant group is looking to open one of its existing brands, which include Prato and Luke’s, outside the area, possibly North Florida.