Prime 490, a Rhode Island Street restaurant that had been put up for sale during the summer of 2011, has closed suddenly.
The well-known West Side restaurant, located near the Essex Street Pub and the Left Bank, gave no reason for the closing, simply stating on its website that the steakhouse eatery has shut down. But it's the second business failure for the former owner in recent months.
The restaurant's head chef is now working at the Lenox Grill, inside the Lenox Hotel & Suites at 140 North Street. Both the Lenox Hotel and the Prime 490 building are owned by Anthony Trusso's Tru Commercial Development, which was Prime 490's landlord. Trusso declined to comment.
The Prime 490 business, owned by Christian DiFiglia and another unnamed partner, had been put up for sale in August 2011 through Hunt Commercial Real Estate for $449,000.
DiFiglia also founded Cozumel on Elmwood Avenue, which is also now closed, and his broker at Hunt, Chris Malachowski, said previously that the owners wanted to concentrate on "other business ventures."
Prime 490 remained open into this year and had touted some remodeling work on its Facebook page this summer. The owners could not be reached by telephone, and they did not respond to an email to comment.
Located at the corner of Chenango Street, Prime 490 opened at the end of 2005 in the former home of Romanello's Roseland Restaurant, which had closed in October 2005 after the Romanellos decided to sell it to concentrate on Romanello's South Restaurant in Hamburg and the Old Orchard Inn in East Aurora.