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By: | Posted: 07/18/2012
[caption id="attachment_3210" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Remember when there was a Figlio in Flint, MI?"][/caption]
Yes, lamenters of Uptown, it is true: Figlio will rise again ... just not in your hood.
I remember more than a few first dates and a legendary New Years Eve at Figlio in the 90's, but at the time it closed and morphed into the ill-fated Il Gatto, it had seen better days. And yet. People still think about the old girl, they still recall the magic of that scene even in the comments on a blog post about the new Primebar which now owns the space.
So why not bring it back from the dead? This time around, it it won't be Parasole behind the resurrection, but the sky-rocketing successful team from Crave. Kam Talebi told me that he has negotiated a deal with Parasole to assume the rights to the brand. Their West End restaurant Sopranos will close on Saturday July 28, undergo a transformation, and re-open as Figlio 2.0 on September 24.
What does that mean? A bank of pay phones? A big circular bar with pink neon? First of all, JP Samuelson will stay on as chef, and the plan is to bring back some of the old favorites (please be the tortellini) while creating new Northern Italian dishes. As for the decor, it will pay homage to the old girl, but it won't be a replica. "We're going to keep the squiggly logo, and put up framed prints of many of the crazy billboards from the last twenty years," Kam told me, "plus there's a Figlio employee reunion happening soon, and we thought we get some pictures of the old gang."
If you miss that iconic bloody Mary, it's coming your way.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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