Rosso sudden closure - Harry Styles, Erling Haaland and Man Utd loved Rio Ferdinand’s foodie venture

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Rio Ferdinand opened his Italian restaurant venture back in 2009 but now the Manchester venue will shut its doors for good.

It's sad news for Erling Haaland, Harry Styles and Tommy Fury as popular Manchester restaurant owned by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, Rosso, announced its unexpected closure.

The stylish Italian restaurant in the Manchester city centre was opened by Ferdinand back in 2009 when the centre-back was a key member of a rampant Red Devils side at Old Trafford.

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Since then, Rosso has become one of the city's most loved restaurants, regularly pulling in A-list celebrities from sports legends to pop icons and reality stars. One Direction duo Styles and Louis Tomlinson have dined at Ferdinand's foodie venture, as too has Manchester City talisman Haaland since arriving in the North West - the Norweigan donned a pair of £1,100 designer pyjamas for his visit to the venue.

The hotspot also became a go-to for Manchester United with the club hosting Christmas parties inside the luxurious restaurant, built into a former bank building on Spring Gardens.

Rosso boasts a four-star rating on TripAdvisor with diners particularly impressed by its food, service and atmosphere. A few recent diners had left underwhelmed comments about their dining experience but the restaurant was still regularly being praised for a five-star experience by users online.

A final day of business took place at Rosso on Sunday, September 17 with news of closure coming without warning to customers. In a statement published on Rosso's Twitter account on Monday, the venue explained: "It is with mixed emotions that we announce the closure of Rosso Restaurant and Bar.

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"Last night (Sunday) after nearly 14 years, we were delighted to hold a final service for our wonderful customers. It wasn't an easy decision to close this wonderful restaurant which has flourished into an icon of the Manchester restaurant and social scene. It feels like the right time to go out at the height of our popularity and look ahead to new horizons.

"Rosso wouldn't been the same without our wider family, suppliers and our wonderful customers who we have had the enviable pleasure of serving.

"We could not be more grateful to our Champions League winning staff both past and present. Our thanks go out to each and every one of them for making Rosso what we are today.

"We always believed we should close Rosso on a high and we thank each and every one of you for being part of our championship team."

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