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Nello Balan is out at Nello's

Nello Balan, owner of Nello's on Madison Ave., no longer runs the restaurant day-to-day.Costanza, Sam

Nello Balan, owner of Nello’s on Madison Ave., no longer runs the restaurant day-to-day.

Nello owners Nello Balan and Thomas Makkos have had a falling out, a source tells Confidenti@l, with Balan admitting he’s no longer in the day-to-day operations at the Madison Ave. restaurant.

“We’ve (Thomas and Balan) never been married,” Balan laughed. “He’s not my partner. I’m bringing my new project and cannot concentrate on Nello but it’s still part of me. Nello will be the same, strong, beautiful, and will never change.”

Balan insisted he still co-owns the celeb-packed Upper East Side eatery while he opens a new 12,000-square-foot space complete with four restaurants and a private club on E. 58th St. He is working with billionaire investor Oswaldo Karam, his “good friend” of 25 years.

In February, Balan ponied up more than $ 750,000 to pay off the debts of restaurateur Max Burgio, whose Midtown eatery B & Co. filed for bankruptcy protection last year. Balan, who has fed the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce and Mickey Rourke, took over operations at the 14 E. 58th St. restaurant, which will open in two months.

Thomas Makkos (right, with George Makkos) in 1995.Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

Thomas Makkos (right, with George Makkos) in 1995.

“It has four floors and four restaurants and a private club,” Balan explained. “It takes all my time and is a lot of work. I’m still working on the concept. One restaurant will be Japanese, one will be European. It will be exciting and fun, different than Nello. I don’t do the same thing twice.”

Balan is hoping to continue feeding celebs like Charlize Theron, Kanye West and other A-listers who are willing to pay for the overpriced Nello, where a cappuccino is $ 12 and a pasta “special” once sold for $ 275.

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