La Famiglia, an Italian restaurant in the Broadview apartment building, will close in two weeks. The news of the closing was posted late last week on the restaurant’s Facebook page, and regular customers were informed in an email from the restaurant’s owner Dino Zeytinoglu.
"It is with regret that I must tell you that La Famiglia will be closing on April 6, 2015,” Zeytinoglu wrote.
"For the past six years the restaurant has been a source of great pride and joy for me, our friends, and our staff. La Famiglia allowed many of us, who had worked together in Little Italy, to find a new home together. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your life during our time here."
Zeytinoglu was a veteran of Boccaccio in Little Italy when he came to the Broadview in the fall of 2008. For a short time he worked as the general manager at Brasserie Tatin, the French restaurant that Gerard Billebault ran in the restaurant space in the Broadview, a 1951 apartment building on 39th Street near University Parkway.
Billebault sold the restaurant to Zeytinoglu who changed the menu from French to Northern Italian, brought in some of his former colleagues from Boccaccio and renamed it La Famiglia. The restaurant had a loyal customer base, mostly residents of Tuscany-Canterbury and Roland Park.
Zeytinoglu did not give a reason for the closure and he could not be reached for immediate comment.
Henry Deford of Mackenzie Retail is a broker for the Broadview’s restaurant and he has begun marketing the space.
“We’re talking with some interested candidates,” Deford said. “We hope to have somebody announced in the coming months.”
The space's most notable tenant was Jeannier's, a classic French restaurant that the chef Roland Jeannier operated there from 1998 to 2005.