An Italian restaurant forced to shut last year is to re-open with a new look this autumn.
Amarone on Union Street was closed in November 2018 following a “well-developed” fire in its basement, thought to have been caused by a tumble dryer or other appliance.
While bosses initially felt the damage was not “as bad as anticipated,” they decided to hold off re-opening in order to carry out a full-scale revamp of the venue.
They have now revealed that an island cocktail bar will take pride of place in the centre of the premises, which will have room for 200 diners.
While an exact opening date is yet to be set, the restaurant is expected to welcome its first diners in the second week in November.
Amarone is also taking reservations for Christmas from November 29 onward.
Mario Gizzi of parent company Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group said: “It was a difficult decision to close the restaurant, but we felt that instead of doing a quick tidy up to repair damage, we had the opportunity to remodel the restaurant to offer a world-class Italian eating and drinking experience in the city.”
He added: “The designs are stunning, taking inspiration from the finest central cocktail bars in the world.
“With construction now underway, we are on schedule for a late Autumn opening and now taking reservations for festive dining and a special New Year Gala dinner.”