A few weeks ago I wrote about the closing of Portofino’s Cafe in Piermont which had been one of our favorite restaurants in the area. Its great food and relaxed, vacation like atmosphere never disappointed. Well we are getting a new waterfront restaurant in its place..

Ricardo Cerdeira, who also owns Avida Wine Bar in Nyack, is taking over the Cafe Portofino space and turning it into The Reef, a seafood restaurant with an Italian and Mediterranean menu.Cerdeira hopes to open The Reef in the beginning of August.

Cerdeira says renovations will be minimal and the space will be much the same, with a long bar and small tables well suited for plates of fresh seafood and glasses of wine. Sounds like we can look forward to a quality restaurant on the Hudson which lessens the sting of the end of Portofinos Cafe.

We wish Mr. Cerdeira luck with his new project!!