Fresco of Juan de Aranoa
Fresco of Jenaro de Urrutia
RESTAURANT “LUCIANO”
 
The restaurant “Luciano” started out as Luciano Aguirrebalzategui and Paulina Beica´s “Txakoli”, which was torn down in 1909 and the reason for their moving to the old part of Bilbao, to Barrenkale 40, where they opened a “taberna”.
 
The painter José Arrue painted the triptych with country scenes portraying Luciano´s leitmotiv “Eat, Drink and Pay”, which hung in the dining room.
 
In 1930, they opened a restaurant in the same street on number 38. A few years later, in 1934, the family aquired a new and more spacious place situated in Barrenkale, 36 (ground floor and first floor). They entrusted the architectural reformation to the architect Tomás Bilbao, who asked Juan de Aranoa, Jenaro de Urrutia y Nicolás Martínez Ortíz de Zarate to paint the dining rooms´ frescoes. An almost seven metres wide leaded picture-window desingned by Vidrieras de Arte gave the restaurant a beautiful finishing touch.
 
Due to the culinary knowledge and talents of Luciano and his family, as well as their growing fame and reputation, the number of clients was ever increasing. Many well-known politicians, bullfighters and famous artists, such as Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway and Lauren Bacall, visited Luciano´s restaurant which became a famous meeting point for national and international customers until their closing down in 1970.
 
In 1995 I got this place and converted it into my studio and home.
Fresco of Jenaro de Urrutia
A view from the inside of the stained glass window made by Vidrieras de Arte S.A. in 1934 and restored in 2013.
Postcards of José Arrue´s triptych “Eat, Drink and Pay”. Wine glass and plate from the restaurant “Luciano”.
A menu of the restaurant “Luciano”
A view from the outside of the restored stained glass windows in the summer of 2013.

RESTAURANT “LUCIANO”

Frescoe of Juan de Aranoa
 
The restaurant “Luciano” started out as Luciano Aguirrebalzategui and Paulina Beica´s “Txakoli”, which was torn down in 1909 and the reason for their moving to the old part of Bilbao, to Barrenkale 40, where they opened a “taberna”.
 
The painter José Arrue painted the triptych with country scenes portraying Luciano´s leitmotiv “Eat, Drink and Pay”, which hung in the dining room.
 
In 1930, they opened a restaurant in the same street on number 38. A few years later, in 1934, the family aquired a new and more spacious place situated in Barrenkale, 36 (ground floor and first floor). They entrusted the architectural reformation to the architect Tomás Bilbao, who asked Juan de Aranoa, Jenaro de Urrutia y Nicolás Martínez Ortíz de Zarate to paint the dining rooms´ frescoes. An almost seven metres wide leaded picture-window desingned by Vidrieras de Arte gave the restaurant a beautiful finishing touch.
 
Due to the culinary knowledge and talents of Luciano and his family, as well as their growing fame and reputation, the number of clients was ever increasing. Many well-known politicians, bullfighters and famous artists, such as Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway and Lauren Bacall, visited Luciano´s restaurant which became a famous meeting point for national and international customers until their closing down in 1970.
 
In 1995 I got this place and converted it into my studio and home.
Frescoe of Jenaro de Urrutia
Frescoes of Jenaro de Urrutia
A view from the inside of the stained glass window made by Vidrieras de Arte S.A. in 1934 and restored in 2013.
Postcards of José Arrue´s triptych “Eat, Drink and Pay”
Wine glass and plate from the restaurant “Luciano”
A menu of the restaurant “Luciano”
A view from the outside of the restored stained glass windows in the summer of 2013.