Zucco of Le French Diner Died Saturday
It is with a heavy heart that we report the following news. A number of readers wrote in to inform us that Zucco, the beloved proprietor of his namesake Zucco: Le French Diner at 188 Orchard Street, passed away on Saturday afternoon. Cause of death was reportedly a heart attack. The restaurant remains open (at least for now), with a memorial hanging in the main window.
From the Boogie inbox:
Zucco, eccentric & kind proprietor of Zucco: Le French Diner, passed away on saturday. I loved this place dearly and could do no better than to get brunch here on weekends. I arrived shortly after 1:30 pm to find him lying jacket-less on his back on the sidewalk while EMTs desperately tried to pump life back into his chest. He seemed young still.
I heard that they are collecting money to send his body back to France. But I’m sad because I know little of the man or the history of the place that gave me so many nice weekend memories
The funeral service for Zucco will be held on Wednesday, between 4 and 7 p.m., at the Angel Orensanz center on Norfolk Street.