Leonardo's 706 has Permanently Closed
The rumor mill was swirling for a while now and it is finally confirmed. After almost 50 years in business, the legendary Leonardo's 706 has closed permanently in large part due to COVID-19. This is a monumental loss for the Gainesville food scene. Not very many restaurants can last as long as they have without dropping off or becoming irrelevant. They remained great and constant until they quietly closed at the beginning of April due to the virus.
From the wine dinners to the constant eclectic art displays, to the crazy chef pants and latke table service. This was a spot for some of the best food around town (to this day, some of the best lamb I've had!). 706 was not only a stalwart, but a launching pad for many other local restaurateurs and business people.
We've lost some really great restaurants this year, and I can only hope that when we recover, it will only open the door for other talented chefs to continue pushing things forward. For now, cheers to Mark and Steve for giving so much love and energy to our community with their food for so many years.