November 12, 2010 | last updated May 29, 2012 11:37 pm

Hartford's Spris restaurant closes

Spris Restaurant in downtown Hartford's Constitution Plaza shuttered its doors this week.

A message on the restaurant's phone-answering machine Friday confirmed the closing.

"We appreciate all your business and thank you very much," the message said.

The Italian-style restaurant closed after about nine years in business.

The closing of Spris comes just a few weeks after the city announced that it will move the annual Festival of Light holiday display out of Constitution Plaza and into Bushnell Park.

"The restaurant business is one of the toughest businesses and Spris had a great run,'' said city spokeswoman Sarah Barr. "The city looks forward to future development occurring to spur new business opportunities.''

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