Back Bay’s award-winning restaurant Clio to close at the end of this year

Fret not, restaurateur Ken Oringer is planning to expand Uni into the space.

The interior of Clio.
The interior of Clio. –Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin

Boston-based restaurateur Ken Oringer will close his French-American eatery Clio after New Year’s Eve service, according to Eater Boston.

The Back Bay restaurant has been around for almost two decades inside the Eliot Hotel, but that space won’t be empty for long — it will reopen in early 2016 as an expanded and updated version of Oringer’s Uni Sashimi Bar.

Oringer opened Clio in 1997 and Uni in 2002. Both restaurants have won awards and hosted a multitude of notable chefs (Chef Tony Messina oversees Uni; Jamie Bissonnette, Jason Bond, and Tony Maws have passed through Clio). Until its final meal, Clio will feature “throwback menu specials and guest chefs,’’ Eater Boston reports.

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“This transition for Clio represents our drive to always push boundaries,’’ Oringer said in a press release, according to Eater Boston. “I’m really inspired by my travels throughout the world and the constant evolution of the food scene in New York, Paris, Tokyo and beyond — just as Clio was of a certain time and place, this new spot will showcase the best of today’s innovative dining culture and the style of food I like to eat now.’’

Oringer also runs Boston’s Coppa and Toro and is planning a Cambridge restaurant called Little Donkey with Bissonnette.

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