Downtown Fort Lauderdale's dining scene has another fallen soldier.
Late last month Jack Mancini's newest project Mancini Modern Italian closed its doors for good.
While that eatery is gone, another may be in the works. The well-known restaurateur may be looking into opening a different concept in a new location in the not-too-distant future.
Open for just over a year, the concept focused on serving (you guessed it) modern Italian fare with creative presentations and exotic ingredients.
It was his third eatery to open around the popular dining strip.
He decided to shut it down to focus on other business ventures.
"I'm really in the building business," says Mancini. "I'm getting busier doing that again, which was one of the determining factors. I have a few multimillion dollar specs and the side street location wasn't what I hoped it would be."
While the Detroit-native plans to focus on his construction project for the next six months or so, he is considering a more casual pizza concept with more of a bar scene.
He's been talking to the owner of Supino Pizzeria, a popular spot in his hometown that has been featured on Diners, Drive-In, and Dives, about opening another location in South Florida. The famed eatery just happens to be owned by another Mancini. (There's no family relation between the two.)
"I'm not in a rush," says Mancini. "But I'm keeping my eyes open. It could be here or in Miami."
Stay tuned for details.
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