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Bruno Italian Grill to dish up quick-serve Italian downtown

The people behind Rachel's Mediterranean, relocated to 235 S. Elmwood Ave., are opening a quick-serve Italian spot in the former Rachel's spot at Chippewa and Delaware.

The space, at 235 Delaware Ave., will be called Bruno Italian Grill.

The restaurant's setup echoes Rachel's, with an Italian accent. Customers choose pasta, wrap or salad, then customize it.

The menu isn't complete, but pasta pickers will be able to choose from a variety of fresh pastas, including a whole wheat option, said Gene Khoury, who runs Rachel's with his brother Joseph.

"These pastas are fresh, that's the draw," he said. "Since they're fresh, they only take about a minute or two to boil. Put it in the bowl, and down the line they go."

Add a sauce, fresh or shredded mozzarella, and proteins like chicken, steak, Italian sausage or herbed tofu. Then consider a selection of fresh and cooked vegetables, like roasted tomatoes, sautéed onions and peppers, grilled artichokes or fresh basil.

Organic spring mix will be the foundation for Bruno's salads, he said. Prices will be in the $9-$11 area.

The quick-serve operation will aim to capture the fancy of on-the-go customers. Seating in the space will be limited, as it was as a Rachel's outlet.

Bruno's should be ready to open by the end of March, Khoury said.

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