Restaurateur Scott Harris (Mia Francesca, Davanti Enoteca) started talking about opening a number of new spots in the Taylor Street area last year at a rapid pace, but it looks like things have started to slow as he shuttered Salatino's on Saturday night. It wasn't just Salatino's, but the adjacent Dough Boys pizza shop, which he co-owned with Jimmy Bannos, Sr., is now closed as well.
"We were just breaking even and it wasn't worth it," Harris said. "You have to work just as hard to break even as you do to have a successful place." So instead of dragging it out, Harris put everything in storage and is thinking about relocating Dough Boys out of town, but that's not written in stone.
And that other Taylor Street project the Ballroom? That's on hold, too. "I was looking at a space on Taylor, but someone else got it," Harris said. But as we're talking about Scott Harris, you can bet something new is on the horizon, just not in the Salatino's location, which housed Harris' short-lived project, Aldino's, with Dean Zanella, before Salatino's. "We're done with that space."
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