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Sabio closing to public soon, switching to private parties before shutting down in March

Sabio restaurant opened in 2012 in the old Dudley’s location on South Mill Street in Lexington. Owner Javier Lanza hopes to move closer to downtown.
Sabio restaurant opened in 2012 in the old Dudley’s location on South Mill Street in Lexington. Owner Javier Lanza hopes to move closer to downtown. Mark Ashley

Sabio, the restaurant in Dudley Square at 380 South Mill Street, will be going to just private party business beginning Sept. 1. Owner Javier Lanza said it’s a prelude to closing Sabio, which will happen in March when the five-year lease runs out. Lanza, who moved to Kentucky from New York to be a chef at Amelia’s Field Country Inn in Paris in 1996, opened Sabio in March 2012 in what had been the home of the iconic Dudley’s restaurant for 28 years before Dudley’s moved to Short Street.

Lanza said he is looking for a new restaurant spot, but in the meantime is focusing on Centro, the bar he and his wife Aimee have at 113 Cheapside.

“We’re going to do a la carte business to end of this month, then just take private parties to the end of our lease,” Lanza said. “Our goal is to move it closer to downtown. ... Either on Jefferson, or in the downtown area, I just don’t know right now.”

To make a reservation before restaurant service ends, call 859-368-9901. The last day of full-service dining will be Aug. 31 for lunch and dinner. Brunch also will be served most days.

He said they already have several private parties booked and expect the Keeneland meet and the holiday season to be busy. To book a private party at Sabio, go to SabioDudleySquare.com.

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