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Family Behind Le Cirque Plan to Close Their Other NYC Restaurant Circo, Too

The Maccioni family says they will reopen the more than 20-year-old restaurant

Circo will close after this weekend
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The legendary fine dining Maccioni family will close their upscale Italian restaurant Osteria del Circo — aka Circo — after dinner on Sunday.

Flo Fab reports that the family, which is best known for French fine dining institution Le Cirque, had a dispute with the landlord for the 120 West 55th Street, between Seventh and Sixth avenues, restaurant. They plan to reopen it nearby and make it more “rustic,” according to the Times.

Circo first opened in Midtown in 1996 as a Tuscan spin-off of Le Cirque. Since then, the brand has expanded to several locations in India, Abu Dhabi, Dominican Republic, and Vegas. At one point, they also considered opening in Dallas.

Earlier this year, the Maccionis filed for bankruptcy as a way to to protect the leases of both Le Cirque and Circo here. But apparently such protection was short-lived — with the closing of Le Cirque after the new year, the family will no longer have a restaurant in New York City.

Stay tuned for word on where they reopen the family restaurants.