Jan Unlu said things “didn’t work out” between him and his business partner, leading to a temporary closure of downtown mainstay Ristorante Bella Vita July 10. But much to the relief of the restaurant’s regulars, Ristorante Bella Vita is set to reopen in a few weeks under a new name: Ristorante La Scala.
Unlu, who declined to identify his former business partner, sees the restaurant’s renaming and remodeling as a fresh start. His original plan for this year, already in the works, was to open a European eatery on Main Street called Los Altos Bakery & Cafe that would offer something for nearly everyone: organic brunch foods, freshly ground espresso and an assortment of wines. Now, he has put his cafe plans on hold just one week before he was set to sign the lease.