Italian restaurant part-owned by Rio Ferdinand closes its doors after 14 years
Rosso has announced today (18 September) that it will be closing its restaurant on King Street, with yesterday’s dinner service its final one.
The Italian restaurant on King Street, part-owned by former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, confirmed that it has now closed with immediate effect.
We are looking at it as a champion boxer bowing out after winning all the belts
The restaurant told Confidentials.com that it will not be continuing its lease on the King Street.
Since opening in 2009, the restaurant has been a popular city centre spot for many and its sudden closure will come as a surprise.
In an exclusive statement a spokesperson for the restaurant said: "We are looking at it as a championship boxer bowing out in triumph after many years of winning belts.
"We want to assure everyone that the staff will be paid, the suppliers will be paid, and everything will be above board. We are now focusing our efforts on exciting new endeavours."
In a further statement the restaurant said: "It is with mixed emotions that we announce the closure of our Rosso Restaurant & Bar.
"Last night, after nearly 14 years, we were delighted to hold a final service for our wonderful customers.
"It wasn’t an easy decision to close this wonderful restaurant which has flourished into an icon of the Manchester restaurant and social scene. It feels like the right time to go out at the height of our popularity and look ahead to new horizons.
"Rosso wouldn’t have been the same without our wider family, suppliers and our wonderful customers whom we have had the enviable pleasure of serving.
"We could not be more grateful to our Champions League winning staff both past and present. Our thanks go out to each and every one of them for making Rosso what we are today.
"We always believed we should close Rosso on a high and we thank each and every one of you for being part of our championship team.
"From Rosso with Love,
"Ciao for now."