Ristorante L, a Boulder-based Italian restaurant known until recently as Laudisio, has closed its doors after more than 25 years in business.

A message posted on Ristorante L's website and emailed to customers indicated that the fine dining establishment, located at the Twenty Ninth Street mall, ceased operations Saturday.

"The restaurant would like to thank all its patrons who have been dining with us at our 29th Street location (since 2006) and previously at the Iris location," the website and email message said, also noting that founder "Antonio Laudisio can still be found weekly at the Boulder Farmers' Market. He is also still available for catering events and pizza parties."

On Monday, the restaurant was locked, but no notices were posted. A phone call to the restaurant was not answered.

Ristorante L and Twenty Ninth Street on Monday released a joint statement confirming the restaurant's closure:

"Macerich and Ristorante L (FKA Laudisio) would like to confirm that Ristorante L has closed down its location of nearly seven years at Twenty Ninth Street in Boulder. Macerich has not yet decided what will replace the space being left by Ristorante L.

"Ristorante L and Macerich would like to thank all of the patrons who have been eating at Ristorante L at Twenty Ninth Street over the years. Neither Ristorante L nor Macerich are able to make any further comments regarding the restaurant."

Local investor Richard Schaden, whose equity firm gained a larger ownership stake of Laudisio Italian Restaurant during the past year, could not be reached for comment.

Boulder resident and Laudisio patron Alisa Goldschmidt said she was a little shocked and saddened to hear of the restaurant's closure. Shortly after moving to Boulder a few years back, Goldschmidt became a fan of Laudisio's happy hour and food specials and would frequent the restaurant a couple of times a month with friends.

"At least whenever I was there, it was pretty crowded," she said. "That's why I was so surprised. ... But it was a huge space."

Laudisio Italian Restaurant opened in 1987 in a space off 28th Street and Iris Avenue in Boulder and moved to Twenty Ninth Street -- the redevelopment of Crossroads Mall -- in 2006.

When Laudisio opened at the mall, it occupied a high-profile, 7,065-square-foot space with a patio and views of the Flatirons.

Laudisio's early years at the mall, however, would come with some volatility.

In October 2006, Laudisio and dozens of tenants opened for business when Twenty Ninth Street celebrated its grand opening. The fanfare was muffled because about 30 other tenants had yet to open -- including Laudisio's sit-down restaurant neighbors -- and construction remained for anchors such as Wild Oats and Century Theatres.

By July 2007, Laudisio's owners filed a lawsuit against the mall operators and claimed the restaurant suffered losses of more than $1 million because several tenants were missing and foot traffic was below projected estimates.

"It's not impacting only us," owner Antonio Laudisio told the Camera in the summer of 2007. "It's just impacting everyone."

An undisclosed settlement was reached between Laudisio and mall operators.

In the coming years, Laudisio's dining and bar neighbors Ruby's Diner, Railyard Restaurant and Saloon and Purple Martini would open and close.

Purple Martini's upstairs place was eventually leased to energy information firm Genscape; Ruby's was replaced a couple of years later by the StarLite Diner & Lounge and Railyard's former digs most recently served as the temporary Bolder Boulder store.

Leasing activity has accelerated in recent years and gained steam during the past 18 months when mall officials inked deals with Trader Joe's, H&M, Charming Charlie and Five Guys Burgers & Fries.

Contact Camera Business Writer Alicia Wallace at 303-473-1332 or wallacea@dailycamera.com.