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Downtown Restaurant Closes


YAKIMA, Wash. -- About a year after opening their doors, Russillo's Italian restaurant is closed for business.

The downtown eatery was closed because of financial difficulties. The owners say the space was too big and that limited parking hurt their business.

"We lost Russillo's. It's something we hate to see," says Sean Hawkins of the Committee for Downtown Yakima. "There are a lot of factors beyond the control of downtown. There were a lot of internal issues that never materialized."

Despite Russillo's closing, several new restaurants are scheduled to open downtown in the next few months.