Opening of new Halifax restaurant and re-opening of popular Rishworth pub

Launch night of Ricci's Tapas & Chicchetti restaurant, Dean Clough.'Michael Ricci, left, welcomes guests.

Launch night of Ricci's Tapas & Chicchetti restaurant, Dean Clough.'Michael Ricci, left, welcomes guests.

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Food fans flocked to the opening of a Halifax restaurateur’s latest venture.

Following the success of mediterranenan restaurant Ricci’s Place, Michael Ricci has opened Ricci’s Tapas and Cicchetti at Dean Clough.

The 40-year-old, who is a Michelin-trained chef, said he hopes his new restaurant will bring a taste of Venetian Italy and rustic Spain to Halifax.

Customers will have the option to relax at the bar with a drink, while tasting deliciously inspired Venetian and Spanish Cicchetti or Tapas, or they can sit at the cosy tables in the plushly decorated restaurant.

Michael said: “All my staff are like part of the family. They all work very hard and I expect a lot from them, however I like to reward hard work and where ever possible I will look to recruit from within.”

News of the launch attracted over 500 people within the first two days of posting on social networks.

“New and existing customers to Ricci’s Place were emailing the restaurant for VIP guest list access, it has been very overwhelming for our new venture,” Michael said.

Meanwhile The Turnpike Inn at Rishowrth has celebrated a grand re-opening after a month-long refurbishment.

The pub was taken over by Manchester brewery JW Lees in 2011 and has now unveiled a new look.

Dave Bonner, deputy manager, said: “It was always the plan to invest a lot of money into it and create a relaxed, cosy atmosphere. It took a month to do the refurbishment but it was in the planning stage for most of last year. It’s already got a great identity and it’s in a great location just off the M62 so it’s very accessible.”