Restaurant closes in Wapping Wharf amidst plans announced for stage two

Restaurant closes in Wapping Wharf amidst plans announced for stage two

One of the largest restaurants at Bristol’s new quarter development Wapping Wharf is set to close, just days after it was announced the second phase of the construction would go ahead next month.

Spuntino is a Cargo 2-based Italian restaurant offering customers “small plates of Italian-influenced New York comfort food”.

The Bristol restaurant seats 27 people, with a similar sized branch in London.

The company has already closed three of their sites this year, with sister restaurant Pulpo leaving their Whiteladies Road site only 18 months after opening.

Wapping Wharf is a relatively new quarter of Bristol, known for its retail yard made up of converted shipping containers.

The news of the closure comes at a pivotal time for the area.

Construction work for stage two of the Wapping Wharf development is due to begin in May.

The second phase of the project is due to cost around £43m, with £23.4m funding coming from Homes England.

Over 330 new homes will be build on the area, including 81 affordable homes.

Wapping Wharf Phase Two Construction Site. Credit: Fiona Flanagan
Wapping Wharf Phase Two Construction Site. Credit: Fiona Flanagan

Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: “We are of course sorry to see Spuntino leave Bristol and we would like to thank them for their time at Wapping Wharf as part of the CARGO community.

“We fully understand their decision to concentrate on the company’s core estate and wish them all the best with their future plans for the business. While we will be sad to see Spuntino leave, we have received huge interest in their unit already and will be making an exciting announcement very shortly.”

Spuntino have been approached for comment and by the time of publishing are yet to get back.

The harbourside restaurant is due to close on 6 May.

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