Costing about $2 million, The Cellar 32’s first floor offers a cozy, warm feeling, 40-seat bar with granite top, flat-screen televisions and leather stools surrounded by a dining room that boasts mosaic tiles, copper ceiling, ceramic-tile floors and a packaged-goods area with spirits and beer plus walls lined with custom wood shelving holding hundreds of bottles of wine.
Upstairs is possibly even more impressive as the decor matches the downstairs plus there are more leather banquettes and its own gorgeous, 16-seat bar.
That beauty remains intact five years later. But its new owners — Lou and Fran Palena — modified the original concept of a tapas-focused restaurant and turned it into a more approachable, everyday restaurant to please locals and tourists alike since taking it over in 2012.
And the formula is working.