Why this Italian restaurant’s owner decided to close after New Year’s Eve

Why this Italian restaurant’s owner decided to close after New Year’s Eve
Vivace opened at Metropolitan in 2009. (Charlotte Business Journal)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Vivace served its last customers at the Metropolitan complex on New Year’s Eve.

The timing coincides with the end of the Italian eatery’s lease — but multiple factors played into the decision to close this midtown Charlotte restaurant, says Kevin Jennings.

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“We weren’t in a position where we wanted to double down on that space,” he says.

Jennings and wife Stacey are behind Raleigh-based Urban Food Group, which also operates Bar Marcel and Civetta in Charlotte.

Looking back at the Charlotte restaurants that closed in 2019

Vivace was Urban Food’s first foray into the Queen City.

Read more here about why the Jennings decided to close the restaurant and what comes next.

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