Voltaggio closing 4 Family Meal restaurants in Maryland and Virginia

- (AP) -- Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio says he's closing four Family Meal restaurants in Maryland and Virginia.

Voltaggio told The Frederick News-Post Tuesday that the Hagerstown location will close this fall. It opened in March, the newest restaurant in the chain.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Voltaggio's company recently closed Family Meal locations in Baltimore; and Richmond and Ashburn, Virginia.

Voltaggio says he and business partner Hilda Staples are focusing on the brand's flagship restaurant in Frederick. He says they still plan to open a Family Meal at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The brand features upscale diner food such as chicken pot-pie fritters, house-made pastrami and gingerbread doughnuts.

Voltaggio was a 2009 finalist on the Bravo TV show "Top Chef." His other restaurant brands include Volt, Aggio, Range and Lunchbox.

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