Report: Zucco’s Le French Diner Looking to Sell

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 at 6:08 am by

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Several readers recently pointed out that the security gate at 188 Orchard Street has been in a locked position during business hours the last couple weeks or so. Inside the establishment, all chairs are stacked upside-down on the tables, while the front door remains slightly ajar. Not a good sign, and potentially bad news for fans of Zucco’s Le French Diner.

As of this morning, there’s no outward indication of what befell Zucco’s. No letters to patrons or other such announcements; the phone line remains operational, but no one’s home. Could this be the beginning of the end for the beloved restaurant?

UPDATE: Yes. A tipster tells us that ownership is looking to sell the restaurant. “The past couple of weeks that they were open, they were running out of items and were 86ing a lot of things in the menu, and not ordering anymore supplies.” Gregor is looking to focus more on his pizza joint in Brooklyn.

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It’s been a difficult few years for Zucco’s, what with the loss of its founder and creative center back in February 2010. The French eatery remained open despite the tragedy, but is no doubt being pushed to the turnbuckle by the influx of high-rise development around its doorstep. That Department of Health closure last October couldn’t have helped matters either.

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