SYRAKUSE – Leigh Ann and Ryan Benz opened a California-style Tex-Mex restaurant called Luna Loca on 304 E. Onondaga St. in downtown Syracuse in early June.
Luna Loca (meaning Crazy Moon in Spanish) is located in the former room of a popular Mexican restaurant called The Mission Restaurant, which used to be the location of a historic church. Steve Morrison, Chef / Owner of The Mission, closed his shop last December after 21 years in the business.
This is the third restaurant business in downtown Syracuse for the Benz couple, as they also own Oh My Darling and The Fitz.
The owners claim on their website that Luna Loca highlights the best of Tex-Mex cuisine while combining “the freshest ingredients with a Californian-cool” atmosphere that creates an authentic, beautiful experience. Menu items include homemade chips and dips; Luna bowls such as tofu, shrimp, and chicken; Burritos; Dishes like mahi mahi in corn and carne asada medallions; a variety of tacos and salads; and cocktails like mimosas, margaritas and sangrias.
Luna Loca is open Monday through Thursday: 11 am-9pm; Friday: 11 am-10pm; Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (brunch), 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. (dinner); and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (brunch).