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Another Italian chain restaurant closes its doors in Charlotte

File photo of a Macaroni Grill exterior in South Carolina
File photo of a Macaroni Grill exterior in South Carolina The State

Romano’s Macaroni Grill has closed its location in south Charlotte after nearly 15 years in business there.

An employee at the Italian restaurant’s University City location said the Macaroni Grill at Promenade on Providence closed its doors for good last month, and there are no plans to reopen at another location.

Macaroni Grill opened in 2002 at the shopping center at Providence and Interstate 485 that also includes On the Border, Total Wine and Home Depot.

It’s unclear why Macaroni Grill closed or what will take its place. A representative at Childress Klein, the firm that handles leasing for Promenade on Providence, could not be reached.

Macaroni Grill, based in Houston and founded in 1988, looks to have closed several locations across the country recently, according to multiple news reports. The chain closed its only Louisiana location near New Orleans in March, for example, and also closed a Huntsville, Ala., location in February.

Macaroni Grill isn’t the only Italian chain to close its doors in Charlotte recently. Carrabba’s closed in February after almost 17 years at its prominent South End spot on South Boulevard and Park Avenue.