A year after opening Bella D'Auria Restaurant & Bar on East Broadway, chef-owner Lorenzo D'Auria shut the doors last week.

In a posting on the restaurant's Facebook page, D'Auria cited "the tough economy" as the driving force that led him to close.

"Our operating expenses (were) just too high to continue the business." He signed the posting "Management."

D'Auria could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. Both the restaurant's phone and his cellphone were disconnected.

Early last month, D'Auria was optimistic that a new lunch campaign that focused on speedy delivery and prices that didn't top $8 would give him a financial boost as the restaurant entered Tucson's notoriously slow summer months. It was the second time since he opened at 4445 E. Broadway in May 2012 that he had attempted lunch service.

On his Facebook posting, D'Auria said he will continue catering and doing "private cooking with the chef." Details: www.facebook.com/pages/Bella-DAuria-Restaurant-Bar/153426794735200

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@azstarnet.com or 573-4642.