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City Grill closing is confirmed

City Grill 2 at 268 Main St., the downtown Buffalo restaurant that was the backdrop for one of the city's deadliest shooting incidents, has closed.

Virginia "Jenny" Rossi, who took over operation of the 100-seat restaurant in 2008 with her husband, Scott, confirmed the closing Thursday evening but had no further comment. Links had been removed from the restaurant's website.

A Buffalo man, Riccardo McCray, was convicted of killing four people and wounding four others in a shooting spree outside the restaurant after a private party there Aug. 14, 2010.

The Rossis, graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, specialized in upscale casual American cuisine and took part in the annual Local Restaurant Week promotions.

"Nickel City Chef" author Christa Glennie Seychew suggested that City Grill was hampered by its downtown location, which made it difficult to distinguish itself as a destination for dining.

"Being a downtown restaurant that's not next to the hotels is a true challenge," she noted.

The restaurant had its roots in Hooligans that opened in 1993.