Zizzi Salisbury gets green light and will reopen in the autumn
Zizzi in Salisbury is due to reopen this autumn after being handed back to its owners.
The restaurant has been given a clean bill of health by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), following extensive cleaning and testing by specialist teams. Zizzi Salisbury will be reopened to the public after some necessary refurbishment and maintenance work over the coming weeks.
Rez Ghodse, head of operations for Zizzi Salisbury, said: "We are so pleased that our restaurant has been handed back to us and we can't wait to reopen it to the public soon. It's been a difficult few months for all of us in Salisbury and we thank both our teams and customers for their patience. We are now focused on refurbishing the restaurant in the coming weeks so that it reopens looking better than ever.
"While we can't confirm a date for reopening just yet, myself and the team look forward to welcoming our Salisbury customers back into the restaurant before Christmas."
Alistair Cunningham, chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group, said: "We're delighted that this popular restaurant has been handed back to its owners. This is a real milestone as Zizzi is the final site in the city centre to be handed back following the clean-up by specialist teams.
"This is really welcome news for Salisbury and marks the return to normal. We recognise there is still work to be done to increase visitor confidence and to continue to support local traders and businesses. We are working with local and national agencies to implement a programme of events and initiatives to promote Salisbury and Amesbury and to encourage shoppers, visitors and tourists."