The owners of Exotic Grill cited family concerns for closing the restaurant that opened a year ago at a high-turnover property on South National Avenue.
The 307 S. National Ave. restaurant near the intersection with St. Louis Street shut down late last month, according to a Facebook post. Letty and her son Dennis Soriano opened the eatery around Oct. 11 last year, according to a separate post.
The Soriano family’s Poplar Bluff restaurant under the same name remains open. The Facebook post cites the death of Dennis’ father Tottee Soriano, as well as Letty wanting to be around family as she ages and her health declines.
“While we have enjoyed serving the community of Springfield and have been so blessed to get to be a part of so many people's lives, we as a family have come to the realization that we have stretched ourselves way too thin,” the Facebook post announcing the closure reads. “We will have the whole family all together running this business again instead of us all being apart.”
The Sorianos could not be reached for comment by deadline at the Poplar Bluff restaurant.
In recent years, tenants at the converted house on South National Avenue have included an office for the nearby Aspen Springfield apartment complex, Enoch’s BBQ & Southern Classics, Moosehaven Saloon & Grill and Wing Shack.
The 0.4-acre property owned by real estate agent Kirk Heyle has a 2017 taxable appraised value of $269,100.
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