Amarone re­opens af­ter huge fire

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

An Aberdeen restau­rant has re­opened a year af­ter fire tore through the premises and forced it to close.

Ital­ian venue Amarone has been shut since last Novem­ber but will wel­come cus­tomers once more this week.

Fire­fight­ers closed Union Street for more than 12 hours as they dealt with the in­ci­dent, which is thought to have been caused by a tum­ble dryer in the base­ment of the build­ing.

As many as 50 fire­fight­ers and nine ap­pli­ances were used to tackle the blaze.

The premises and its neigh­bour­ing build­ings were evac­u­ated, while Langstane Place was also cor­doned off.

Own­ers yes­ter­day con­firmed that they had taken the op­por­tu­nity cre­ated by the catas­tro­phe to com­pletely re­fur­bish the restau­rant.

Mario Gizzi, of DiMag­gio’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.

“The de­signs are stun­ning, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the finest cen­tral cock­tail bars in the world.

“With con­struc­tion now fin­ished, we are de­lighted to be reopen­ing this week as well as tak­ing reser­va­tions for fes­tive din­ing.”

Restau­rant bosses state that the reopen­ing has cre­ated 46 full and part­time jobs in Aberdeen.

Fire tore through the restau­rant last year

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