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PremierLeague-News.Com - La Panza will reopen at Chatterton’s Cafe, a Grade II-listed building close to St Mary Redcliffe Church
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A popular Bristol restaurant that faced an uncertain future is moving into one of the city’s most historic buildings. La Panza had built up a strong local following in Lower Park Row over the past two years but when the owner was told to vacate the premises, he had to relocate the business in time to reopen after lockdown. The rustic restaurant specialises in authentic regional food from Italy’s Le Marche region and it had gained a loyal clientele but now it’s moving across town to Redcliffe. Its new location is within the Chatterton’s Cafe on Redcliffe Way, a historic Grade II-listed building close to St Mary Redcliffe Church. Built in 1749, it was the birthplace of Bristol poet Thomas Chatterton - dubbed ‘Bristol’s Shakespeare’ - and also the school where he was educated. It later became a museum before being turned into a cafe. For La Panza owner Riccardo Damiani, moving his restaurant has been a mixed blessing after what he describes as a ‘very bad’ year for the business due to the pandemic. “We opened for one month in October when restaurants were able to open again but we closed again before Christmas. “We then opened as a deli so local office workers could collect coffees and takeaway sandwiches but closed in February and didn’t reopen. “It was very bad for business because I still had to pay rent and we didn’t get the government grant because we were open a few hours and not fully closed.” Being a Grade II-listed building, Riccardo acknowledges that he is unable to make major changes to the property but he says he’ll be replicating the rustic decor of the restaurant’s former home. “It's a true honour to be taking on such a historic building. I believe the older the venue, the more the character. “As it’s a listed building, it'll be hard to make changes outside, but we’re adding some independent local art and lots of lovely plants inside. A new bar has also been built inside but we'll have to wait a month or two to use that space unfortunately due to the restrictions.
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. “We’ve got seating outside for 74 people and the majority of seats are covered by marquees or umbrellas for all-weather dining. “We're thinking of having a basket full of blankets that people can take if they get too cold outside and we might also get some outdoor heaters.” The Chatterton’s Cafe will remain open for takeaways during the day, with La Panza opening from 3pm and into the evening. Riccardo says: “I’m really happy about the new location of La Panza as it’s a venue everybody knows. “It seems to be a passing place for many, connecting Temple Meads and south Bristol with the centre and the Harbourside.” Regulars of La Panza can expect the same range of authentic Italian pasta dishes, homemade focaccia bread sandwiches and cakes, but also a new menu which Riccardo and his chefs are working on at the moment.
Filomena Urbano and Riccardo Damiani of Italian restaurant La Panza at their old site
“The new menu will blow everyone away,” he says. “I'm hoping to add new dishes and I'm talking to local producers from the Le Marche region, which is where I originate. “Sourcing those products is going to be a bit of a challenge with time and logistics, mainly due to the post-Brexit limitations, but we're very positive and full of energy. “I plan to make the most of the venue and its location, Being closer to the harbour, I also want to focus on seafood. “We're also talking to some local musicians and bands in order to recreate the same sort of Mediterranean holiday atmosphere we had going on in the other venue during the warmer months. “We are planning to use the adjacent grassed area for events and try to get more people interested. “I'm feeling hopeful and very positive about this change, and the whole team is very excited to take on this new adventure.” La Panza on Redcliffe Way plans to open from 3pm on April 13.
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