Bill Blakeman joins team at Caffé Luna Rosa


Longtime Delray Beach businessman Bill Blakeman has joined the staff of Caffé Luna Rosa, Delray Beach’s favorite beachfront restaurant, where he will serve as evening host three nights a week. “I’ve been coming to Caffé Luna Rosa for 20 years and I feel lucky to now be part of a restaurant of this quality,” Blakeman said. “I really do love this place.” A part of the Delray Beach community for more than two decades, Blakeman first came to the area in 1990 as the manager of the Colony Wine & Liquor Shoppe on Atlantic Ave. “Wine is my passion,” he said. “My whole life since I was 19 has been about wine.” While at the Colony, Blakeman focused on bringing boutique brands from small vineyards to customers. He was also instrumental in making the business one of the first shops on Atlantic Avenue to stay open after regular business hours. After the shop closed in 2000, Blakeman began working for a wine wholesaler, with Delray Beach included in his territory. “I spent 10 years on Atlantic Avenue and 10 years walking Atlantic Avenue, all in the name of wine,” he said. In his new position at Caffé Luna Rosa, Blakeman has seen many of his former customers as well as many of the friends and acquaintances he met during his years in Delray Beach. “I’ve already seen 40 or 50 people who remember me from the Colony,” he said. Working three nights a week – Sunday, Monday and Thursday – Blakeman says he is impressed with how the staff at the restaurant works so well together to ensure that customers have an outstanding experience. From the front of the house to the back of the house, there’s an amazing chemistry,” he said. “It’s like synchronized swimming in a restaurant.”