A legendary family-owned Italian restaurant in the centre of Bristol will close next month, its owners have announced.
La Grotta Restaurant, located in Union Street, claims to be the only independent Italian restaurant in the Broadmead shopping area. But on June 6, it will do service for a final time after its owners announced closure.
The restaurant has been trading from its current site for more than 50 years, but started life as The Bali. It is currentlyrated four-and-a-half stars on TripAdvisor.
In an emotional message shared on Facebook, owners Andrea, Beverley, Alfonse and Anita wrote: “To all of our wonderful customers and followers........ unfortunately, the rumours are true.....La Grotta will be serving its last meal on Saturday 3rd June.
“It has been an absolute privilege to serve you all and part of the celebrations, from weddings, Christenings, proposals, office parties and school events.
“We hope that we have provided a welcoming and warm space for our amazing food....and provided a few memories along the way!!”
It is not known what the exact reasons for the closure are, but the statement added: “It is not a decision that we have taken lightly, we are all one big family, but ultimately, it is the right thing for us.We want to go out at the top of our game and our terms.
“We hope to welcome you all for our last ever week of trading, so please get in touch to book a table or just pop in for an Aperol or Moretti for a chat and to say goodbye!We’re not crying........promise.....not promise!”
The news comes just months after the sudden closure of Klosterhaus in Quakers Friars. Last year BristolWorld reported on concerns for the future from restaurant owners in the city due to the cost-of-living crisis and end to outdoor seating areas.
On La Grotta’s Facebook page, customers reacted with sadness. Helen Davison said: “Good luck with new adventures- you will be missed.” Jordana Sloanes wrote: “This is genuinely devastating to read. Your food brings so much joy, it’s beautiful!”