We will be back, says owners of Bath restaurant which closed after 28 years
An independent Italian restaurant has closed in Bath – but the owners of the family-run business have indicated it may reopen elsewhere in the city once the economy picks up.
Bottelino's, in The Paragon, closed over the weekend after 28 years in Bath.
The Bath restaurant was part of a group of seven Bottelino's across the West. The award-winning Bristol-based company says its six other restaurants are unaffected and open for business.
Bottelino's managing director Mike Botta said declining revenues and unfavourable banking conditions had meant the Bath restaurant could not continue. But he added that the restaurant would "eventually return" to the city.
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"Bottelino's has been trading in Bath since 1984, and while the restaurant has been strongly supported over the years, the snowfall in December 2010 and January of 2011 coupled with the declining trading conditions (meant it) became impossible to carry on trading from this location, as substantial injection of funds would be needed to invest in the company if we were to try and regain our past glory," said Mr Botta.
"Unfortunately the present economic climate and banking policy does not give rise to this sort of investment at this present time.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers that have frequented and supported our family restaurant over the years and hopefully they will welcome us back when we eventually return at some stage in the future."
In November, Bottelino's picked up the Restaurant Chain of the Year accolade in the Pizza Pasta and Italian Food Industry Awards.