April 23, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:03 pm

Two CT Braza restaurants abruptly shut

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the closing of three Braza restaurants. Elvis Simioni claims to own the Waterbury location at 92 Bank St., which he said remains open.

Less than four months after opening its doors in downtown Hartford, Brazilian-style eatery Braza on the Plaza has closed, along with another Braza location in midtown Hartford, officials say.

The downtown Braza, which filled the space on Constitution Plaza formerly held by Spris, closed one week ago, according to Peter Donohue, the plaza's general manager.
Donohue said the restaurant's owner, Julio Faria, also shutdown another Braza restaurant he owns, called Churrascaria Braza, which was located at 488 Farmington Ave. in Hartford.
Another Braza restaurants, on 92 Bank St. in Waterbury remains open, according to Elvis Simioni, who said he owns that Brazillian eatery.
Donohue said Faria was having financial difficulties, and that the plaza is already looking for a replacement tenant.
Faria did not return a call seeking comment, and no one answered the phone at either restaurant location Monday morning.
Braza opened its Constitution Plaza doors in January and held 6,500 square feet of space in downtown's iconic office and retail complex, which was recently put up for sale by its owners.

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