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The Rosso signs have already been removed. Credit: Place North West

‘Ciao for now’: Rosso Manchester has fed its last celeb 

After 14 years at the top of King Street, the Italian restaurant has announced its immediate closure in a move that came as a shock to punters and the city’s hospitality industry. 

Speculation about the reasons for the closure has now begun, with rumours circulating that another Italian restaurant, Cibo, could take over the space. 

Rosso was a popular dining spot for celebrities from its opening in 2009, the year The Italian Food Company – the firm that owns the restaurant – acquired the 20-year lease on 43-45 Spring Gardens. 

The company – owned by the Kamani family and former Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand – has decided not to renew the lease, which expires this November, according to Land Registry. 

While the current macroeconomic climate means running a hospitality business is tricky at present, Rosso insists it is going out at the “height of its popularity”.


A statement published by Rosso’s team last night said: “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.” 

The statement added: “Rosso wouldn’t have been the same without our wider family, suppliers, and loyal customers whom we have had the enviable pleasure of serving. 

“We always believed we should go out on a high and we thank each and every one of you for being part of our championship team.” 

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A shame as it was one of Manchester’s best restaurants but Cibo are taking over, Cibo in Hale is Manchester’s best restaurant, it will be very busy.

By Gilly

Cibo is my fave restaurant in Manchester so all for it

By Anonymous

Nothing against Rosso but I feel the food scene in Manchester has moved on so much in the last 14 years. Some amazing restaurants now. Just shows the strength of the city as well if the building is already going to be taken over. I just hope Cibo keep the Christmas lights

By Bob

This building is a perfect place for a big restaurant. We need some big global names.

By Anonymous

Rosso use to be good ten years ago, the food scene has moved on.

By Anonymous

Agree with Bob, dining in Manc is a pleasure these days, lots of variety

By Anonymous

Can we have a Greggs here please?

By Stake Bake Fan

Cibo is excellent so can imagine them being a great fit for here. I was in Rosso a couple of months ago – it was still great as a place. I’ve never eaten there though.

The restaurant scene has come on in leaps and bounds in the city since Rosso opened so can see why they are bowing out now.

By Rye&Eggs

Completely devastated. No more words are needed.

By Anonymous

That’s a shame. Back to Lidls frozen food for me then.

By John Sebastian

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