UPDATE: Massive demand on Friday has the restaurant in short supplies, so they will not open on Saturday, Sorrano said. Full story follows.
Fabio Sorano has sold Letizia's Fiore and will close the Logan Square restaurant on
Saturday Friday, ending a six-year run. The sale comes a little more than a year after Sorano closed the bakery and cafe component. Sorano said business was going well, but he'll now concentrate efforts at his other restaurant, Enoteca Roma, which will also free up more time to spend with his family.
Sorano wasn't looking to sell, and he said he did not know what the new owners have planned for the space. He wouldn't reveal who they were, only saying they approached Sorano about three months ago. "They're going to come in and do something great, it's a great space," he says.
As far as the staff, many of them will move from Fiore to Enoteca Roma and neighboring Letizia's Natural Bakery. The timing is ideal for the shutter, as Sorano said they'll need to hire workers in the summer to accommodate the Division Street space's outdoor area. They'll try to port much of Fiore over, including pasta-making classes, but Sorano said not everything will make the move: "That would be an insult to what we built over there, it's a different kind of spirit."
Sorano grew fond of the area, but they're not saying goodbye altogether. They'll continue to sell pasta as the farmer's market over in Logan Square.