Rosso, the celebrity restaurant co-owned by Rio Ferdinand is closing its doors for good
Rosso, the Italian restaurant co-owned by former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand has 'closed its doors for good' after a final service yesterday (17 September).
The Manchester Evening News understands that a worker arrived at the venue this morning and was told the restaurant was now permanently closed. The restaurant has reportedly said it will not be continuing its lease on the King Street property.
The restaurant is located in 42 Spring Gardens, which is part of a portfolio run by Wilmslow-based Dean Property Group. The signage at the entrance also appears to have also been removed.
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Rosso, which is the Italian word for red, was first opened in the city in 2009 by Manchester United and England great Rio Ferdinand. Rio, along with investors, opened the restaurant in the stunning former bank building at the top of Manchester's King Street.
Based inside the historic Grade-II listed former Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank which dates back to the late 19th century, the restaurant quickly became the playground of the rich and famous, with Manchester United Christmas parties held there and famous faces including One Direction's Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson hailing it their favourite restaurant in Manchester.
The restaurant is owned by The Italian Food Company whose shareholders are Nurez Kamani, Suleman Kamani and Rio Ferdinand. The business is registered at The Pinnacle, a building just down the road from the venue on King Street.
According to documents filed with Companies House, Nurez Kamani holds 50 shares in the firm, while Suleman Kamani and Rio Ferdinand hold 25 each.
Following the restaurant's