With Rocca closed, ‘Top Chef ’ contender looks to future
Tiffani Faison is still in the running on Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,’’ but back at home in Boston her restaurant has closed. Rocca, the foodie hangout on Harrison Avenue in the South End opened by Michela Larson, Gary Sullivan, and Karen Haskell in 2007, shut its doors for good on New Year’s Day. Faison told the Globe that the closure was a shock to those who worked there, as the restaurant had been busier than ever, with strong operating numbers. She said via e-mail that the end of Rocca might mean that it’s time to go out on her own. “I’ve made no secret of eventually wanting my own place, so here we go with the bake sale!’’ Faison added that she plans to stay local. “I love Boston and believe in what is just around the corner for the culinary and dining culture,’’ she says. “I am determined to be a part of the next generation that shapes it.’’ Larson, who didn’t give a specific reason for the closure, said she doesn’t know what will happen to the restaurant space.