Last call, Travinia closing New Year's Eve

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, located at 470 Fabian Drive in Aiken, announced it will serve its last meal on New Year's Eve.

A popular Aiken Italian eatery will be closing its doors at the end of the month.

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, located at 470 Fabian Drive in Aiken, announced it will serve its last meal on New Year's Eve. 

Travinia opened in 2008.

Patrons of the popular Aiken eatery were notified of the restaurant's sudden closing from a sign posted on the front door. The sign said the restaurant has no plans to operate in 2017, and will close on Dec. 31.

According to news reports, several Travinia restaurant locations have closed over the last six months, including locations in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Lexington, Kentucky.

Travinia General Manager Jay Jackson declined to comment on the specifics of the restaurant's closing, citing corporate policy.

Locally, Travinia sought to recapture that mood of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack of the 1950s and 1960s, where those who dined at a restaurant were almost as important as what they ate, Jackson said in a prior interview. 

“We want to bring that big-city feel to a more local environment,” Jackson told the Aiken Standard in October. “We want you to feel loved when you come here to eat.”

Owners Mark Craig and Kevin Cox opened the first Travinia restaurant in their hometown of Greenville in 2002, combining their love of fine food and good wine, according to the restaurant's website. The pilot restaurant closed in February 2015. 

Currently, there are 10 Travinia locations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Two Travinia locations remain in South Carolina, including Lexington and Myrtle Beach. 

Dan Brown is the city government reporter for the Aiken Standard.