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Conetta and Gizzi unveil plan

£2m restaurant for former RBS banking hall

Art Deco RBS bankRestaurateurs Tony Conetta and Mario Gizzi are opening a £2 million luxury restaurant and bar development in the heart of Edinburgh.

They will occupy the banking hall of the former Royal Bank of Scotland head office in St Andrew Square now being turned into the Edinburgh Grand.

It forms part of The Registers, a development by Chris Stewart Group, and will include more than 50 luxury serviced apartments and grade A office accommodation.

The 200 seat restaurant will help showcase the history of the building, its neoclassical and art deco original features (pictured).

Mr Conetta, managing director of Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group (DRG), Scotland’s largest independent chain, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project for us, in both an iconic building and location. 

“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. 

“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.”

Mr Stewart, chief executive of the eponymous development company, said: “The ambition The DRG has for the space both in terms of design and quality offering is a perfect fit for The Registers, and we are delighted to welcome them as tenants.

“The building at 42 St Andrew Square is magnificent and as home to The Edinburgh Grand serviced apartments and now the DRG flagship restaurant, it will create a huge draw to this part of Edinburgh’s City Centre.

“With a new pedestrianised area and public spaces, we are rejuvenating a once neglected area to make something special.” 

DRG will begin work on the restaurant next October. The group operates restaurants under the Di Maggio’s Café Andaluz, Amarone, Atlantic Brasserie, Barolo, Cadiz and The Anchorline brands. 

The group previously undertook a significant refurbishment in an historic building with its £1.5m development of The Anchorline. 

The former ticket office of the Anchor Shipping Line in Glasgow’s St Vincent Place has been transformed into a premium restaurant and bar and has brought to life the history of this location where first class passengers booked voyages to destinations including New York, India and Pakistan.

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