ZIZZI in Salisbury will reopen tomorrow, more than eight months after closing in March.

The restaurant, which has been given a clean bill of health by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), has been fully refurbished and Zizzi is inviting the local community to come together for a special opening day event.

On Tuesday (November 6), diners will be able to try the new Autumn menu and pay what they feel their food is worth – with all proceeds being donated to the Salisbury Mayor’s Appeal which supports two local charities: The Rose Gale Trust and Children’s Chance which are both dedicated to helping young people in the area.

The restaurant has been entirely refurbished, with all soft furnishings, fixtures and fittings brought in line with the restaurant’s latest design evolution. The shopfront has been redesigned to be more in keeping with the period properties in Salisbury and a terraced oasis has been created in the existing courtyard for al fresco dining in warmer months. Artist Saroj Patel has produced a specially commissioned artwork inspired by the natural rolling landscapes, nature and woodlands that surround Salisbury.

Many of the original staff return to the restaurant to resume service, including restaurant manager Joe Pegg, and the head chef.

Phil Boyd, Zizzi operations director said: “We’re excited that Zizzi is reopening to the people of Salisbury and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers back to enjoy the new-look restaurant and our new Autumn menu.

“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.

“That’s why we’re inviting local people to join us for an exclusive meal where customers will pay what they feel their food is worth and support incredible local initiatives in the process.”

Alistair Cunningham, chairman of the South Wiltshire recovery coordinating group said: “We are so pleased Zizzi is reopening in time for the build up to Christmas. For Salisbury it is a significant step forward and shows the city centre has returned to normal and has moved on from the events of this year.

“Work continues to restore visitor confidence and provide support to local traders and businesses. 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.”

Joe Pegg, Zizzi Salisbury Restaurant Manager added: "It’s been a tough few months for everyone affected by March’s events and I personally can’t wait to open the doors and welcome the local community back into the restaurant to enjoy great food and good times with loved ones.

“We look forward to working on exciting partnerships and events in the coming months for both locals and visitors to Salisbury.”

Zizzi Salisbury seats 146 and employs 24 local people.