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Il Segreto restaurant closes doors after split


Il Segreto Merrion Row  PIx Ronan Lang/Feature File

Il Segreto Merrion Row PIx Ronan Lang/Feature File

Il Segreto Merrion Row PIx Ronan Lang/Feature File

WELL-KNOWN Dublin restaurant Il Segreto has closed.

The city-centre establishment is at the centre of an ongoing drama between restaurateurs Georgio Casari and Jeff Stokes.

The two businessmen were partners in a number of well-known restaurant businesses on Merrion Row including The Unicorn and Il Segreto via their group Vino Classico.

However, the two high-profile families have parted ways recently.

A telephone answering machine message at Il Segreto last night said that the restaurant is closed "for the foreseeable future".

It referred all queries to the The Unicorn, which is next door.

Sources told the Herald that some of the staff members have transferred to The Unicorn – but not all.

They added: "You'll have to ask Giorgio (Casari) about Il Segreto."

Mr Stokes and his wife Pia Bang are understood to be behind the new set-up at The Unicorn.

"Yes, Unicorn is back up and running with some staff from Il Segreto," Ms Bang told the Herald.

Earlier this year, The Unicorn restaurant closed its doors for a brief "revamp" period.

Giorgio Casari, who fronted the high-profile eaterie for 15 years and is a director and majority shareholder of the main restaurant group Vino Classico, announced that he was leaving The Unicorn, with his wife Noreen and son Rudy.

"Giorgio, Noreen and Rudy would like to thank you all for the wonderful 18 years that we have had here at The Unicorn," the message said.