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Fast-casual Italian eatery closes in Chippewa District after six months

Two restaurants owned by the same family have closed in the last year at 235 Delaware Ave., in the building connected to Starbucks at the corner of Chippewa Street.

Bruno Italian Grill announced on social media Thursday night that it would shutter its only Buffalo-area location, which opened in March and served fast-casual Italian food.

The takeout-focused eatery was owned and operated by Gene Khoury, who also owns Rachel's Mediterranean, with his brother Joseph, at 235 S. Elmwood Ave., one block away.

Rachel's was the previous business at 235 Delaware Ave. before relocating to the bigger space on South Elmwood last November. At the time, Joseph Khoury told The News' Andrew Galarneau that Rachel's had "simply outgrown the space." Rachel's remains open on Elmwood and now boasts a total of five Buffalo-area locations.

Predicated on build-your-own dishes beginning with a base of one of five varieties of fresh pasta, salad mix or a wrap, Bruno then allowed customers to pick their protein, veggies, sauce and cheese to round out their orders.

News contributor Phil Wagner took a firsthand look at Bruno, reacting to a few of the restaurant's offerings.

Regretfully, after a wonderful 5 months, Bruno is now permanently closed. We are very grateful to everyone who showed us love and support over the months. Thank you. -Bruno Management

Posted by Bruno Italian Grill on Thursday, September 27, 2018


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