Cibugnu closes, to reopen as event venue_lowres

Cibugnu, the Sicilian restaurant on St. Charles Avenue, has closed.

Sicilian restaurant Cibugnu (709 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-8990; has closed, its owners announced in a press release Tuesday morning. The space will become a "customizable event venue" called 709 Events and will be available for pop-ups and events including holiday parties and wedding receptions, the release stated. 

"The management of Cibugnù would like to thank all the locals (and) travelers who have believed (and) supported in us for over (a) year; however, apologizes for the inconvenience we have caused for any dinner reservation for the future," the statement said. 

[jump] The restaurant opened two years ago and saw several chef and management change. Managing partner Hillary Barq and chef Nick Vella took over the space in June, turning out rustic Italian dishes with a strong Sicilian influence, including handmade pastas and thin-crust pizzas. 

709 Events will be available for booking beginning Oct. 23. For more information, contact or (504) 558-8986.