Lincoln’s new tapas and cocktail bar officially opened in the city centre on Thursday after completing its transformation from an independent Italian restaurant.
Pomodoro owner Saied Bakhshalian felt it was time for a change as there are ‘too many Italian restaurant chains’ in the city, so he will open Cicchetti in its place at 5pm on Thursday, July 11.
The opening comes after over £100,000 of investment and The Lincolnite went for a sneak preview.
Cicchetti will be open 12pm-10pm Monday to Sunday and will serve a mixture of Spanish, Greek and Italian tapas, as well as other tapas from around the world.
The new bar will create around 10 new jobs and there will also be a cocktail lounge.
Saied told The Lincolnite: “We have to move on with the business and being a tapas restaurant and cocktail bar is something this area requires as there are too many Italian restaurants.
“Small tapas dishes are much easier to eat and you can try food from around the world. It’s quite an exciting time for us and we can’t wait to get started.”
When the news of Pomodoro closing went public some people were sad to see the old restaurant go, but Saied said the new bar will still do some of the Pomodoro dishes as tapas.
Saied first took over the premises in 2003 when it was called Chillies Restaurant. In 2009 he changed it to Pomodoro and he is now ready for the next chapter.
The new bar will be under the new management of Seyed Jalal.
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