That’s when Italian restaurant Riva Blu – replacing Gino D’Acampo’s – will open on Temple Row

Everything changes for Gino D’Acampo’s Temple Row restaurant.

From next week, the chic restaurant bearing the name of the famous chef will have closed.

It will be replaced by the new Italian restaurant Riva Blu which will open its doors on Thursday 27 January.

Read more: Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant in Birmingham will close after just two years of operation

Individual restaurant owners, who also operate Piccolino which has a site in Brindleyplace and Bank also in Brindleyplace. Street said, “It’s a new year with a new vision. Individual Restaurants is proud to announce the launch, at the end of January, of its new brand, Riva Blu, in Liverpool (Castle Street), Manchester (Corn Exchange), Birmingham and Leeds. ”

“The new Riva Blu restaurants replace the Gino My Restaurants that previously occupied these locations.”

Located a few doors down from The Ivy, Gino’s Temple Row restaurant opened in October 2019 in a burst of publicity. The 165-seat restaurant has a 25 m² cocktail bar, a delicatessen, a private dining room and a 15 m² open kitchen.

Inside Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant

Karen Forrester, CEO of Individual Restaurant Company, added, “We are extremely excited to introduce Riva Blu restaurants. Riva Blu continues to deliver authentic Italian cuisine and experience with all of our existing teams at the helm and we look forward to welcoming existing and new customers.

The team currently working at Gino: My Restaurant will remain the same but there will be menu changes with “new Riva Blu signature dishes and cocktails”.

According to Riva Blu’s new website: “At Riva Blu, we use the finest local ingredients and add a touch of 1960s Italian high society glamor to give you an unforgettable dining experience. It’s time to embrace your dolce inner life.”

Gino d'Acampo
Gino d’Acampo

“We are going to bring style, boldness and glamor to modern Italian cuisine.”

The big changes follow Gino’s closure of his three casual restaurants My Pasta Bar in London. The chain, which was established ten years ago, went bankrupt holding millions to 49 creditors.

As the news broke, Gino said, “The pasta bar business has nothing to do with my catering business, my importing business or any other business I do.

“It’s a standalone business, it’s in liquidation, we need to move on. That’s the business, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

“Now let’s talk about the restaurant sector, which is developing really, really well. So much so that this year alone I’m going to open three mega (restaurants) and one I’m going to open in Italy.

Although some UK Gino: My Restaurants remain, they are not listed in the Individual Restaurants group – on the new Riva Blu site,

Reservation requests for the Riva Blu can be made through the website.

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