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Goodbye, Bellinis? Sfuzzi restaurant in Uptown Dallas closing or moving off McKinney

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UPDATE: We spoke to manager Brandon Hays and the original story has been updated to reflect his comments.

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If you live in Uptown and you want your frozen Bellini, you're destined for disappointment. Sfuzzi, the restaurant known for that sweet peach-flavored slush, is on the move.

Owner Robert Colombo was unavailable for comment. A staffer at the Las Colinas location confirmed that its sibling branch was closing before quickly ending the phone call.

But manager Brandon Hays said that the Las Colinas Sfuzzi is a franchise and not a reliable source, and that a closure wasn't necessarily the resolution of the restaurant's current problems.

"That's wrong that we're closed," he said. "I was there last night. It's possibly more of a January thing, or we might be moving, not closing."

Colombo re-booted the chain in 2010 on McKinney Avenue, across the street from where the original was located back in the late '80s. The thin-crust pizza and house-made pasta didn't win any best-of awards, but the restaurant has a busy patio and late-night scene.

On December 17, staffers for La Reve Consultants, Colombo's management company that also owns the Standard Pour lounge and Villa-O restaurant in Travis Walk, were still touting Sfuzzi's "Red Monday" event and inviting "unescorted ladies" to enjoy a complimentary three-course meal. (Standard Pour is owned by R&R Capital and is independent of La Reve.)

They also have plans for the holidays: On December 11, they created a New Year's Eve event page on Facebook.

Colombo has weathered other shut-downs, including the 2011 closure of Trece, the upscale Mexican restaurant in Knox-Henderson, which he opened with partner Bill Solomon and pro-golfer investor Tommy Armour III.

In 2012, Armour issued a disgruntled tweet about Sfuzzi, saying, "It's stupid to have 25 year anniversary parties when you haven't been open for 25 years!!! Sfuzzi!!!!!"

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