By RTT Staff
There will be a new home later this year for Riccardo’s Italian Restaurant.
The restaurant will be closing at its present location at the rear of the Echo building at 238 Dalhousie St. and moving to 65 Sandwich St. N., at the corner of St. Arnaud St., later this fall.
Owner Riccardo Maltese said he will be moving out of his present location Oct. 2 as his lease expires at the end of that month. He said he likes the new location he found in conjunction with local Re/Max realtor John D’Alimonte.
“I like it because there is parking for my customers and I like that building,” he said.
While plans are still being worked on for the new site, Maltese said it appears there will be additional seating capacity. There is also a new outdoor patio in the works.
D’Alimonte announced the move on Facebook last week and Maltese said the response has been great thus far.
“The response has been very, very positive,” said Maltese. “Everybody is glad I’m staying in Amherstburg.”
Maltese hopes the new site will be open in November but said it definitely will be open in time for Christmas. There are a few new things he hopes to try at the new location, but said he didn’t want to formally announce anything yet because the plans are still in the early stages.
“Renovations have started already,” he said, adding it will take a few weeks for his equipment to be moved from his current location to the new one.
Things came together quickly to move into the new location, he added.
“This only happened a week ago,” Maltese said last Friday afternoon.
Maltese has been in the restaurant industry in Amherstburg for the last two decades between his involvement at Rosa’s and with Riccardo’s Italian Restaurant for nearly ten years.