Zizzi, the restaurant at the centre of the March spy intrigue, has been completely refurbished and re-opened for the first time today, Tuesday, November 6.
Diners are invited to try the new Autumn menu and pay what they think their food is worth.
The payments will be donated to Salisbury Mayor’s Appeal, supporting two local charities, The Rose Gale Trust and Children’s Chance, both helping local young people.
Zizzi operations director Phil Boyd said they are looking forward to welcoming diners back to their new-look restaurant.
“It’s been a difficult few months for the city, so we wanted to take this opportunity to show our support for this brilliant community,” he said.
“That’s why we’re inviting local people to join us today for an exclusive meal and customers can pay what they feel their food is worth and support incredible local initiatives in the process.”
Zizzi has been given a clean bill of health by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the all-new soft furnishings, fixtures and fittings are in line with the restaurant’s latest design.
The shopfront has had a makeover to match the period properties in the area, and a terraced oasis created in the courtyard for the warmer months.
Many of the original staff returned to the restaurant which seats 146 and employs 24 locals.
Joe Pegg, Zizzi Salisbury restaurant manager, is planning to work on partnerships and events in the coming months for locals and visitors.
“It’s been a tough few months for everyone affected by March’s events and I personally can’t wait to welcome the local community back into the restaurant to enjoy great food and good times with loved ones,” he said.
Chair of the South Wiltshire Recovery Coordinating Group Alistair Cunningham said the reopening is a significant step forward and that it shows the city centre has moved on from the events earlier this year.
“Work continues to restore visitor confidence and provide support to local traders and businesses,” he said.
“The reopening of Zizzi is at the start of a programme of events and initiatives to promote Christmas in Salisbury and encourage shoppers, visitors and tourists to come to the city and enjoy all it has to offer.”