Mancini Modern Italian Closes, Jack Mancini Considering New Casual Concept

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Sara Ventiera
Downtown Fort Lauderdale's dining scene has another fallen soldier.

Late last month Jack Mancini's newest project Mancini Modern Italian closed its doors for good.

While that eatery is gone, another may be in the works. The well-known restaurateur may be looking into opening a different concept in a new location in the not-too-distant future.

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Open for just over a year, the concept focused on serving (you guessed it) modern Italian fare with creative presentations and exotic ingredients.

It was his third eatery to open around the popular dining strip.

He decided to shut it down to focus on other business ventures.

"I'm really in the building business," says Mancini. "I'm getting busier doing that again, which was one of the determining factors. I have a few multimillion dollar specs and the side street location wasn't what I hoped it would be."

While the Detroit-native plans to focus on his construction project for the next six months or so, he is considering a more casual pizza concept with more of a bar scene.

He's been talking to the owner of Supino Pizzeria, a popular spot in his hometown that has been featured on Diners, Drive-In, and Dives, about opening another location in South Florida. The famed eatery just happens to be owned by another Mancini. (There's no family relation between the two.)

"I'm not in a rush," says Mancini. "But I'm keeping my eyes open. It could be here or in Miami."

Stay tuned for details.

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Location Info

Mancini Modern Italian - CLOSED

401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Mancini is full of it…  First he closes his original location and opens M Bar on East Las Olas and says thats the new "cool, happening spot" -- M Bar is a complete disaster, Mancini can't pay for his liquor licenses and he sells the building to the owner of YOLO.  He moves to West Las Olas and opens Mancini Modern Italian, which he says will be a big hit because he loves the "energy and its so hip and cool here" -- fast forward and Mancini Modern Italian is another complete disaster of extremely overpriced and average Italian food, its never busy and he eventually can't pay his rent [the Sheriffs office posted edition papers on his door prior to his closing, so it wasn't planned out like he wants you to believe] and he currently has a $160,000 lien out against him for not paying his bills [and more liens to come likely] -- which can be found if you do a simple Broward County public record search.  

NOW he's trying to spin this nonsense again?  He is a repeat failure in the restaurant biz and if he brings in money from building these silly houses then its going to the creditors whom he hasn't paid…  really this is funny.

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