Rizzo's on South Main will close for about a month for repairs. The last service will be Sunday (January 20th) brunch.
A tree growing into the north wall of the restaurant's building necessitated the repairs to the wall and the floor.
But, Rizzo's will go on in a series of pop-ups.
The first pop-up is at Fuel, Friday-Saturday, January 25th-26th. Rizzo's Michael Patrick says that he hopes to do a vegan or vegetarian dish or two, "As a nod to Fuel and as a thank you."
Fuel closed in late December, though it still runs its food truck and catering operations. In Fuel's announcement of its closing, they stated that they wanted to host pop-ups.
After Fuel, Rizzo's will move on to the 409 Main food hall. This pop-up will run from January 29th through February 21st.
Patrick says that one of the reasons he's doing the pop-ups is to keep his valued staff close by and employed. "I have a great team," he says. "I don't want to lose them."
Patrick has no set menu yet for the pop-up. He says to check his Facebook page for updates on that point. The pop-ups will be prixe fixe
, $50 for three or four courses.
Patrick says the goal of the repairs is to make the restaurant safe. He's not planning any new, fancy bells and whistles.
Of the pop-ups, he says, "I encourage people to come see us."