I mentioned it to my ESL coordinator, and she knew the woman who had opened the restaurant -- quite a success story.
A short while (couple of weeks?) ago I noticed that the "Pilar's" was gone from the name. Pout. I kept meaning to get back there, to take friends there. The Observer says they closed in June of 2007.
Today I noticed another name there. Don't remember it... I'm probably missing a syllable or two, but it was something like LaZamaan. Guess I'll have to try it once they open. And maybe try it more often if it's any good.