I am disappointed that one of Alameda's long-time restaurants is being replaced by that "BarSaloona" place, or whatever it's called. I never ate at Luciano's, but I heard it was good. I even peeked inside once, and it looked beautiful, but I just couldn't spend that much money on a meal when there is a perfectly good Wienerschnitzel right around the corner.
Anyway, the real tragedy is that we are going to lose that public art on the front of the building. It symbolizes the deliciousness of food and the importance of mothers in our society. I think the moustache is particularly well done, as well the medal on the chef's chest, which symbolizes award-winning cooking. It really burns my bacon that the Evil Developers want to destroy this priceless piece of our history just so they can get filthy rich by attracting a bunch of mindless yuppies who don't even deserve to live in Alameda to get schnockered at their fancy-schmancy bar-saloon.
Our City Council needs to step in and make sure that the mural is preserved in its original location no matter what business takes over that space. It is part of Alameda's history, and no-one should ever forget that there was some kind of restaurant there once that had wonderful decor, including that mural. If they could leave the inside and outside of the building exactly the way they are, that would be best.
Longing for the good old days,