Rosebud expands to Florida

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After the closure of its flagship restaurant in Chicago’s Little Italy, Rosebud now boasts its first location outside of Illinois.

Rosebud on Taylor closed Dec. 31 but is still open for private events. Originally founded in 1976 as Bocciola della Rose (“bud of the rose” in Italian), the restaurant attracted famous patrons such as Oprah Winfrey, Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro and Gene Hackman, Eater Chicago reported.

However, the area changed over the last 50 years, founder Alex Dana told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Industrial companies moved away, which once provided us with huge lunchtime crowds. Little Italy got smaller, and many residents moved to the suburbs,” Dana said. “Business was no longer booming.”

Less than two months after the closure of the Taylor Street location, Mia Rosebud opened in February in Boca Raton, Florida. This is the 10th location for the restaurant group.

Dana told The Palm Beach Post that he was drawn to South Florida for the area’s “amazing growth” and less hectic pace.

Dana said his parents were huge influences on him. “When (my mother) saw a customer with a smile on their face, she was happy,” he said.

His passion for restaurants comes from his belief in the power of a great meal and excellent service, he also said. “Restaurants make people feel better.”

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