Zucco of Le French Diner Died Saturday

Posted on: February 16th, 2010 at 6:27 am by

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It is with a heavy heart that we report the following news. A number of readers wrote in to inform us that Zucco, the beloved proprietor of his namesake Zucco: Le French Diner at 188 Orchard Street, passed away on Saturday afternoon. Cause of death was reportedly a heart attack. The restaurant remains open (at least for now), with a memorial hanging in the main window.

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From the Boogie inbox:

Zucco, eccentric & kind proprietor of Zucco: Le French Diner, passed away on saturday. I loved this place dearly and could do no better than to get brunch here on weekends. I arrived shortly after 1:30 pm to find him lying jacket-less on his back on the sidewalk while EMTs desperately tried to pump life back into his chest. He seemed young still.

I heard that they are collecting money to send his body back to France. But I’m sad because I know little of the man or the history of the place that gave me so many nice weekend memories

The funeral service for Zucco will be held on Wednesday, between 4 and 7 p.m., at the Angel Orensanz center on Norfolk Street.

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