Angelo’s Ristarante in Appleby greeted by residents
A CITY’s demands for an Italian restaurant were finally met with the opening of its new establishment.
James Brighurst has many years of experience in the hospitality industry and previously ran Temptations Cafe in Appleby’s Bridge Street for seven years.
The 32-year-old took over the lease for the new restaurant, called Angelo’s Ristarante, which sits across from his old business, which he sold, in April.
“I ran the cafe for about seven years and it was really small with only five to six place settings,” Mr. Brighurst said.
“I passed him.
“I was limited by space and wanted a new challenge.
“And speaking to customers time and time again, the idea of an Italian restaurant kept popping up.
“It was requested.”
The restaurant has 26 seats but also has the capacity to accommodate more tables as needed.
The dishes offered are all homemade.
“We try to get a good mix of authentic and traditional Italian and we make everything in-house,” said Mr Brighurst.
And the first week of activity was a treat for residents and visitors alike.
“We did a few smooth openings to try out the menu and get people’s feedback,” Brighurst said.
“We were then closed on Thursday to restock and then our Friday opening was full and it went really well.
“The comments we got about the food and the service were really good.
“I think it’s going to take a few weeks or months to get things going, but I have a really good feeling that everything is going to work out.
“A lot of people said it was really nice to see another restaurant in Appleby and that an Italian restaurant was really well received.”