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Luna Stella to Open June 25 on Highland Place in Maplewood Village

The wait is almost over. Luna Stella, the new restaurant owned by Max Kian and operated by Humberto Campos is scheduled to do a soft launch for friends and family during the week of June 17, and will be open to the public June 25.

Luna Stella was known as Altopiano in its planning stages. But Kian changed his mind. “I wanted to name it after my grandchildren, Luna and Stella,” he said.

Humberto Campos, celebrated chef and owner of the famed Lorena’s, has signed on to operate Luna Stella. “This is going to have a different feel from Lorena’s,” said Campos. “Lorena’s is small, romantic and quiet. Luna Stella will be more family-oriented. We see it as rustic Italian food with a casual ambience.”

“We will make our pasta from scratch,” says Campos. And the other ingredients will focus on high-quality local foods and beverages. Luna Stella intends to highlight the local beers, as well as LaFrieda meats and Gargiulo produce. Campos plans to have robust vegan, gluten free and dairy free menus.

The building, which formerly housed Highland Place, has been completely gutted and redesigned. While Highland Place had an overall dark and cozy feel, Luna Stella is open and bright, with tall ceilings and five skylights.

Luna Stella has a large bar, an open kitchen so everyone can see the chefs preparing food, and a private dining room with seating for about 50 people. And speaking of chefs, Campos says he will be concentrating his attention on Luna Stella for the near term, with his wife and brother-in-law taking on larger roles at Lorena’s. “It’s just across the street,” Campos says. “I may go back and forth.”

Target price points for food will be $25-30 for lunch and $40-45 for dinner. Watch here for a link to the menu when available.

Luna Stella

5 Highland Place

Maplewood

973-761-7600

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