New restaurant is going to be opening next week in the old downtown Prima location called The Terrace. I ran in to Julian's brother at Kellys and he said that his brother and the whole family is renting that location and was there cleaning up and getting ready for the grand opening. So Michelle and I walked over and sure enough alot of prep work was going on. Julian and Erica were the managers of the old Pizza Prima after Juan Carlos left to run his parents school here on the island. As many of you know Erica left Albert after working for a while at the now defunct Winstons (Prima II) on top of Cantil. One of the head chefs , Javier, also went with her and they created La Herradura! Well, Julian has now gone his own way and has taken a few of the old Prima waitstaff with him as well as two of the old Prima chefs. He told me that the menu will be about the same as Prima's with a few twists. Of course we all know that what made the downtown Prima location so nice was the open air atmosphere and relatively cheep prices (compared to what they are now at Prima II). I wish Julian all the best and cannot wait for the grand opening. From what I could see the restrooms are brand new and clean, the paint has been touched up, and both the kitchen and dining areas are immaculate...which must have taken alot of hard work as nothing has been in that location since 2005 or 2006.
I am so happy that there will be another option to dine in the downtown area, and even more happy for those who chose to go it on their own after spending so long working at Prima (18 years there for Julian). Surely if Erica and Javier are any indication of the level of service and attention to quality food and detail....I just know Julian will follow their lead and succeed in turning La Terazza into what Prima used to be, a place where you knew everyone by name and where they knew you no matter how long it was since your last visit!
Be sure to stop by after they are open I know we will be regular fixtures.