Group banks on capital expansion

Di Maggio’s gears up for £2m investment in Edinburgh venue

THE restaurateurs behind Di Maggio’s, Café Andaluz and Amarone are set to open a new £2 million bar and restaurant in the former RBS headquarters in Edinburgh.

• Mario Gizzi (left) and Tony Conetta are ready to spend big in Edinburgh.
• Mario Gizzi (left) and Tony Conetta are ready to spend big in Edinburgh.

Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group owners Mario Gizzi and Tony Conetta have unveiled plans for the new venue – their fourth in the capital – which will form part of Chris Stewart Group’s The Registers development of more than 50 serviced apartments and office accommodation on St Andrew Square.
Set within the Grade A listed Edinburgh Grand in the double-height former banking hall, the 9500 square foot venue will comprise a 200-cover restaurant and two bars and is expected to showcase the history of the building complete with original neoclassical and art deco features.
The Edinburgh Grand development will join the group’s existing outlets in the capital: Amarone on St Andrew Square and Café Andaluz and the recently-opened Cadiz, both on George Street.
Tony Conetta, managing director of The Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group, described the development, which is expected to get underway in October 2017, as “an incredibly exciting project” for the group.
“The Edinburgh Grand’s banking hall is rich in history, both for the capital and Scotland as a whole, and by carefully retaining and restoring the many original features we will bring this heritage to life,” he said. “Our luxury restaurant and bar offering will have a Scottish influence at its heart and will make a significant contribution to Edinburgh’s vibrant food and drink scene.”
Chris Stewart Group chief executive Chris Stewart said the new venue will be the “perfect fit” for The Registers development.
The Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group portfolio also includes The Anchor Line, Atlantic Brasserie and Barolo Grill in Glasgow, and Café Andaluz and Amarone outlets in Aberdeen.