Rigatoni’s, the new pasta restaurants born from the Sud rebrand, has announced the closure of one of its sites.
The business formerly known as Sugo, and latterly as Sud, confirmed today that its Sale restaurant is closing with immediate effect.
Sud Pasta founders Michael and Alex de Martiis decided to rebrand the restaurants as Rigatoni’s in a bid to create a ‘sustainable business’ that would stand the test of time.
With Rigatoni’s, they created a menu of hearty pasta dishes which were priced from just £7.50, each featuring pasta made fresh on site daily.
All four Sud Pasta sites – Ancoats, Altrincham, Sale and Exhibition, took on the new brand at the start of this year.
But already, and sadly, the Sale restaurant is no more.
Rigatoni’s wrote that they had been unable to ‘navigate our way through those financial challenges’ that are facing the entire hospitality industry.
In their statement they also urged customers to continue supporting the other local independents that are still trading from Stanley Square.
Rigatoni’s Sale posted today: “Dear valued customers and community. It is with a genuinely heavy heart that we announce the closure of our restaurant in Sale with immediate effect.
“We want to express our deepest gratitude for your support in Sale since 2022. This decision we hope you will understand, was not an easy one.
“It is no secret that the hospitality industry, like many others, has faced huge challenges in recent times. Sadly, specifically in Sale and despite our best efforts, we haven’t been able to navigate our way through those financial challenges. Please continue to support your local businesses!
“As we say goodbye to Sale, we want to take a moment to acknowledge our dedicated staff, who have worked tirelessly. Their passion and hard work have been the backbone of our restaurant in Sale.
“You can continue to enjoy Rigatoni’s at our restaurants in Altrincham & Ancoats, as well as our kitchen at Exhibition in the city centre. And you don’t need us to tell you there’s a cracking set of shops, bars and restaurants in Stanley Square that we will continue to support.
“Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our journey; we will greatly miss serving the Sale community.
A ‘sexy’ bottomless brunch with endless sushi is coming to Manchester
A ‘sexy’ bottomless brunch is launching in Manchester next month, where the sushi will be bottomless and you can ring a bell for champagne.
The lavish new Sunday offering comes from the ultra-glamorous Sexy Fish in Spinningfields – that restaurant where giant blue mermaids, a sparkly octopus, and an aquarium full of real fish watch over the colourful dining room.
The Sexy Sunday Brunch might also be the most expensive in the city, costing a cool £52 per person… without drinks.
But for that price you do get a lot of Sexy Fish’s acclaimed food, including a bottomless sushi station.
Diners at the Manchester restaurant will be able to tuck into signature dishes served sharing-style, no limit on how many you order.
Starters will include smoked salmon bao, chicken karaage, crispy duck watermelon salad, milk buns with miso butter, and crudites with kimchi.
The Sexy Fish ‘Sexy Sunday Brunch’ spread. Credit: Supplied
Then you can make your way up to the bottomless Sushi Station, where freshly-prepared sashimi, nigiri, maki and tartares will be on display.
There’ll also be a ‘theatrical flying table service’, which sounds just like waiters carrying food around (?).
Sexy Fish says there’ll be platters of freshly prepared tempura, croquettes and more being circulated by their waiters.
Then as if that’s not enough fancy food, your booking includes a main course and side, which can include grilled seabass with shiso miso pesto, crispy pork belly, caramelised black cod (for a supplement) and sides of kimchi fried rice and spicy miso tenderstem.
Sexy Fish Manchester is launching a lavish bottomless brunch
Finally, there are sharing desserts of cinnamon doughnuts, soft serve ice cream, and chocolate fondant.
And although drinks aren’t included in the bottomless brunch deal, each table is given a ‘Ring for Ruinart’ bell – ding it, and the sommelier will bring you a £64 bottle of fizz.
Special Sexy Brunch cocktails will include the mimosa thyme and the Sanguine Maria.
The whole thing will be soundtracked by ‘low-key entertainment’ from Sexy Fish’s signature DJs and live musicians.
The Sexy Fish Sexy Sunday Brunch will kick off on Sunday 10 March and run every Sunday between 12pm and 5pm.
Factory Bake shared on Instagram this week: “We’ve officially made it guys! Our first 1 star review!
“And to the customer in question all we can say is unfortunately we can’t apologise for selling out cause as a new little bakery this is the best thing ever!
“Though we do hope in the future for other amazing businesses you visit, you at least try their goods before reviewing. Cause our baker has a deep hatred for anything dry, which is why she usually slices up everything even when it’s still hot.”
The one-star review said: “They could also rename it as pointless baker.
“I went there three times, and they never had anything decent available. Just 2-3 types of pastries that looked as dry as desert sand. Caffé Nero’s pastries look more inviting than theirs…and also has a better choice.