From the Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks

Something altogether different

One of Nyack’s newest businesses is Luminesque, a bright, funky, fusion café at the corner of Franklin and Main.  When you walk in to this lively new spot to “meet and eat,” you immediately recognize that this business is unlike any other you’ve seen in Nyack—and that’s the way they want it. While you can sip a latté or order a cupcake, there is so much more here.

Owners Kristena Katelas and Laura Cepeda both from restaurant-owning families, chose  Nyack as home for their first venture.  Kristena’s family has owned Greek food restaurants, and Laura’s family owns bakeries and Caribbean food establishments.

As a tribute to their different backgrounds, Luminesque features a creative fusion of Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisines, from fruit smoothies served in coconut cups to curry chicken pockets, this restaurant offers a wide variety of flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   Laura and Kristena installed a new full kitchen in the restaurant and plan an expanding dinner menu.

The dish that most distinctly represents their culinary philosophy is the Cariterrean, a fusion of Caribbean fish, feta cheese, olive oil and Mediterranean spices.

As you walk by on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, you’ll hear live World Music or Jazz coming from Luminesque.  That’s just the beginning.  Luminesque will soon host performances by the Palisades Opera, among other intriguing entertainments.

To complete their business and community repertoire, Kristena and Laura are active with charities that serve prison populations; they look forward to getting involved in other charitable causes that need support in Nyack and Rockland County.

We welcome our newest neighbors and wish them the best of luck!

Scott Baird is President of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and is a commercial realtor with Rand Commercial Services.  You can reach him at scott.baird@randcommercial.com and the Chamber at www.nyackchamber.org