Auriemma's Tastes Stay In Manchester As Storrs Eatery Closes

Chris Dehnel

MANCHESTER, CT — Geno Aureimma's culinary commitments are posting up in Manchester with the announced closing of Geno's Grille in Storrs Center.

The closing of his restaurant across the street from the University of Connecticut campus was announced on the restaurant's website this week.

The announcement read, "After many great years of being a part of the University of Connecticut/Storrs community, we are sad to announce that we have made the difficult decision to close Geno's Grille. We have truly enjoyed our time here and having the opportunity to serve our loyal customers, and we extend our thanks and best wishes to our patrons, staff and the UConn community for all of its support over the years."

(Chris Dehnel/Patch)

A year ago, Auriemma announced he was buying Cavey's, a landmark restaurant in Manchester he has been frequenting for years. The restaurant is at 45 East Center St. In December, what became Cafe Aura opened.

Cafe Aura had stayed open amid coronavirus restrictions this spring and then began donating food to front-line workers.

It then closed and has since declared it cannot offer outdoor dining when coronavirus-related restrictions were lifted Wednesday.

Auriemma is now part of a group of more than 130 business owners and trade leaders urging Gov. Ned Lamont to declare June 3 as an opening date for limited indoor dining.

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This article originally appeared on the Manchester Patch