'One of Bristol's oldest restaurants move out of city centre'
The sale of the broadmead bottelino's branch has made local news. The Bristol Evening Post wrote an article on the current sale only days after the for sale sign went up. Article below -
ONE of Bristol's oldest and most popular Italian restaurants is looking to move out of the city centre, the Evening Post can reveal.
Bottelino's in Broadmead has been put up for sale almost 30 years after the landmark restaurant first opened for business.
The first Bottelino's was opened in 1978 by Giuseppe Botta and moved to its current location in Bond Street in 1982. It has long been a favourite with Bristolians and is one of the last remaining restaurants in Broadmead and the surrounding area.
The Botta family have since gone on to open a chain of restaurants across the South West, and in spite of the recession they are currently looking to expand into Portishead, Taunton and Trowbridge.
But Giuseppe's son, Mike, says that the firm has decided the time has come to move out of the city centre and has put the restaurant and the flats above it on the market. Mr Botta said: "The restaurant seats 70 people and we have simply outgrown the place. There is not enough room to suit our current business model.
"It is very sad that we are moving out of Bristol city centre after all this time, but time moves on and things change, we have to move with the times. The restaurant is in a landmark building, but life moves on and we have to do what is good for our business."
Mr Botta added: "We are not looking at any other premises in the city centre, but we will be looking to relocate our staff to our other branches and we intend to be speaking to them in the near future.
"The restaurant we have in Broadmead is actually too small for our operation, and we tried to move on a few years ago."
Mr Botta also said that moves to open a new 400-seat restaurant in Portishead Marinia are likely to go ahead later this year, 12 months later than originally planned.
Talks are thought to be in an advanced stage and the latest addition to the chain could be open for business by the end of the year.
The latest Bottelino's opened in Weston-super-Mare in January last year at a cost of £3 million. The family-run company also has restaurants in Bath, Cheltenham, Nailsea, Emersons Green, Bedminster and Swindon.
Most are run by members of the Botta family, including brothers Gino and Raffaele Botta, sons Pino and Dante Botta and cousin Angelo Nicastro.