Intorno closes, another restaurant may already be eyeing Round Corner spot (via Town Talk)

Intorno Italian restaurant — located in the cool, window-lined corner space at Eighth and Massachusetts streets — has closed after a year and a half.

The restaurant couldn't produce the volume of business it needed, chef and owner Jim Vaughn told my colleague Chad Lawhorn, who reported the closure in this morning’s Town Talk blog. "We just couldn't fill the seats, and the overhead was just too high," said Vaughn, who previously was part of the successful Charlie Gitto's Italian restaurant in The Hill district of St. Louis. "It is really stiff competition on Mass. Street. It seems like the staples are busy, and the other guys get to try."

Chad’s post also includes information (or at least speculation) on what might be coming to the space next: A second Coal Vines or another restaurant concept by the same owners. Coal Vines, a pizza and wine bar, opened on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza in 2010. Before Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St., was home to Esquina restaurant and the historic Round Corner Drug Store.

In closing, RIP Intorno crab cakes and peanut butter pie.

Italian fare at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St., includes seafood dishes such as the Linguini Monte Mara and the Crab Cakes appetizer. The linguini comes with jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and cherry tomatoes in garlic cream sauce. The Maryland crab cakes are served with dill and adobo sauces.

Italian fare at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St., includes seafood dishes such as the Linguini Monte Mara and the Crab Cakes appetizer. The linguini comes with jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and cherry tomatoes in garlic cream sauce. The Maryland crab cakes are served with dill and adobo sauces. by Richard Gwin

Peanut Butter Pie at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St.

Peanut Butter Pie at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

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Comments

Cimmy Redmond 5 months ago

While I hate to see a local place close its doors, Intorno's fare and cocktails just weren't worth the visit. Everything my husband and I ate tasted like it came out of a freezer, especially the toasted ravioli, I had to stop the rather rude bartender from putting gin in the advertised dark 'n stormy special, and we were seated with the servers' station on one side and the bathrooms on the other. The only upside was the giggly, happy baby at the table next to us.

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Matthew Herbert 5 months ago

I'm not sure filling seats was the problem based upon my experience. My wife and I attempted to eat there two Friday's ago. After being seated, we watched as waiter after waiter walked past us, hung out and chatted in the little waiter cove and did everything possible OTHER than taking our order/bringing out water/recognizing our existence. After we finally flagged down the hostess to try and find our waiter we waited another ten minutes (now 40 minutes in) and finally got up and left. I literally TRIED to give your restaurant money but couldn't get anyone to give me the time of day.

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Megan Green Stuke 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I did not have a great experience there either. Too bad. Genovese does a good job but I do think downtown could support another Italian restaurant if it was top notch like many of the neighboring restaurants (715, Merchants, FSB, etc.)

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Kay Traver 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I want Esquina back!! I miss the Pozole the ceviches and the amazing falafel sandwich.

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