Chris Cannon, who kept restaurants Alto and Convivio after splitting with partner Michael White, announced yesterday that both restaurants would be closed permanently. Cannon told the Times, “It is with great sadness that I report that both restaurants are officially closed for good. I have no other information at this time.” A phone message at Convivio also announces, “Thank you for calling Convivio. Sadly we will be closed permanently, we appreciate your patronage."

Eater speculates that the closings could be related to a labor lawsuit against Cannon. Marc Shepherd wrote on Twitter, "Are workers who sued happy abt this? That's a lotta hi-end jobs gone...poof!" Last year Alto earned two Michelin stars and Convivio earned one.