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

In a May 21 posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page, D’Auria cited “the tough economy” as the driving force that led him to close. He opened Bella D'Auria in May 2012.

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.

On his Facebook posting, D’Auria said he will continue catering and doing “private cooking with the chef.”

See the full story in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star. Read more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.