Rio Ferdinand’s glitzy restaurant popular with celebs shuts its doors for good

Rio Ferdinand's glitzy Italian restaurant, Rosso, just south of Manchester's city centre, has closed down.

The restaurant, of which Ferdinand was a co-owner, shut its doors for good on Sunday (17 September). According to the Manchester Evening News, one staff member even rocked up to work on Monday only to be told it had closed.

Rosso was first opened in 2009, inside the historic Grade-II listed former Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank building. And the restaurant soon evolved into a chic spot in Manchester.

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The restaurant has hosted its fair share of famous faces, with Manchester United's squad often posing for snaps in the venue, while One Direction had also been spotted in there.

The original furnishing of the restaurant was a slight nod to the team – alongside the name Rosso, Italian for red – greys, blacks and reds were the go-to colours. However, a refurbishment in 2017 turned the venue white and gold.

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In recent years, it's become best known for its extravagant Christmas decorations.

A statement on Monday read: "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."

"From Rosso with Love, Ciao for now."

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