If you’re a fan of Roberto Donna and have been missing his food – assuming you’re not going to cooking classes in his home – you should be excited to hear that we’re getting closer to a firm re-opening date. In late November the alcohol board will hear a petition for a liquor license for what’s named as “Gallileo III” at 600 NW 14th St.
That part’s no surprise; we’ve known for quite a while that Donna would be opening a restaurant in the old Butterfield 9 spot, but here’s an interesting tidbit on the petition: operating days and hours are listed as “11:30am – 2am” Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 through 3am on Friday and Saturday.
Is that a CYA move in case of future choices or does Mr Donna intend to expand operating hours beyond what Galileo used to offer? I know I speak for several of WLDC’s authors in hoping for the return of the lunch offerings, but this may go beyond that: not only are those the listed operating hours but they also are the hours being sought for alcohol vending, suggesting more full service than what used to be offered.
Regardless of final operating hours this is a likely sign we’re not going to see the restaurant open before Thanksgiving. You could run a restaurant without alcohol but it’s where the big money is. Besides, who’s going to eat pasta without a glass of red?