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May 20, 2020

UConn coach Geno Auriemma shutters Storrs restaurant amid COVID-19 outbreak

Geno Auriemma’s Italian restaurant across the street from UConn’s flagship Storrs campus has closed its doors for good.

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UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma

In a recent post on its website, Geno’s Grille, named after UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, announced it has closed permanently in the Storrs section of Mansfield after opening in 2013.

The restaurant, which blended both a fine dining and sports bar vibe, had temporarily closed in mid-March amid state bans on indoor dining service meant to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“After many great years of being a part of the University of Connecticut/Storrs community, we are sad to announce that we have made the difficult decision to close Geno’s Grille,” the company said in a statement on its website. “We have truly enjoyed our time here and having the opportunity to serve our loyal customers, and we extend our thanks and best wishes to our patrons, staff and the UConn community for all of its support over the years.”

The closure comes more than two years after another Geno's Grille in Southington, at 98 Main St., closed after less than three years in business.

In December, Auriemma’s restaurant group debuted an upscale Italian restaurant known as Cafe Aura at Manchester’s former iconic Cavey’s restaurant on East Center Street. A month later in January, Auriemma’s group closed its basketball-themed locations at Mohegan Sun in the Uncasville section of Montville, according to the Hartford Courant.

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