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Circo’s Dallas Expansion Is Still Happening [Updated]

It’s somehow survived bankruptcy and the shutter of the NYC original

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After more than two years of plans to bring NYC restaurant Osteria del Circo to Texas, it looks like the restaurant still plans to open in Dallas.

The original Circo, opened in Midtown New York City in 1996, is set to close this week, reports Eater NY. Outposts in Dubai, India, and the Dominican Republic remain open, but the chain hasn’t announced plans to open Circo Dallas in several months. Circo’s debut in Dallas was set to be splashy, complete with a glass-bottom pool and bartenders in the bathrooms.

Originally, the restaurant was supposed to arrive in February 2017. In March, the Maccioni family, which owns Osteria del Circo and now-shuttered NYC dining icon Le Cirque, filed for bankruptcy protection. When that news was reported, a representative for the restaurant told Eater that the Dallas location would open sometime in Summer 2017. Obviously, that deadline has since been missed.

That said, it does appear that work is still going into opening Circo, if extremely slow-going. Dallas County records indicate that permits for construction on the building were issued in August, and posts to Circo’s Facebook page indicate that at least an initial menu tasting has taken place in recent months.

Eater has reached out to the Maccioni family for more details on Circo’s Texas arrival. Stay tuned.

Update, 10/31 1:23 p.m.: Mauro Maccioni tells Eater that Circo Dallas is still moving forward. The family hopes to open in Dallas and New York by February 2018.


2619 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204