Chef Luis' restaurant has been serving hungry patron in New Canaan since January of 2007, but as of Aug. 15, the restaurant has expanded and is boasting a new look. According to Chef Luis Lopez, business has not skipped a beat since it was closed for a three-month renovation.

"It has been very busy," Lopez said. "Like we never closed at all. The town has been very supportive."

The new renovations include a full bar, more outdoor eating space and a "boquitas" bar.

"Boquitas means little bites," Lopez said. "People can come in and have a drink and some little bites before dinner."

Lopez said that town residents and officials were instrumental during the renovation process. The renovation was done "thanks to help from a group of New Canaan residents," Lopez said.

"All the town officials were very strict but also very helpful in guiding us," Lopez said. "We are just blessed to be here."

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Blessed was a word Lopez used frequently when describing his relationship with the town of New Canaan and attaining his dream of running a restaurant.

"People say the American dream is dead but I'm an immigrant from Guatemala and I'm living it," he said with a smile. "I may have to work 24 hours a day eight days a week, but it's worth it for my four kids and wife, Maria."

Chef Luis restaurant is at 129 Elm St. For more information visit www.chefluis.net.