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Vicini In Frisco Shutters After Less Than One Year

Several chef shuffles proved to be too much.

Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

When Vicini opened its doors in Frisco, locals thought they’d finally found a solid spot for authentic Italian fare in the neighborhood. Alas, the pasta & pizza love was not meant to last.

CultureMap reports that Vicini has abruptly closed its doors less than a year after opening. The restaurant was a project of The Standard Pour’s Brian McCullough and former Abacus general manager Robert Hall. According to Hall, the restaurant is “in transition” at present, though he did not expand on what that meant or respond to Eater’s requests for comment.

Vicini made a splashy entreé onto Frisco’s dining scene when it opened back in January, earning praise from Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner. Former Proof & Pantry executive chef Kyle McClelland opened the restaurant, but left the restaurant after just a few months to move back to the East Coast.

After McClelland’s departure, the restaurant shuffled through two more executive chefs in its short life. Perhaps the closure will only be temporary, but things aren’t looking good for Vicini.