A brand new restaurant is set to open in Harrogate this week as the town’s dining out scene continues to grow despite the pandemic.
‘Hidden’, a bar and pizzeria, will open its doors in The Ginnel tonight (4th December), replacing Porco Rosso in the Montpellier area of Harrogate.
Owners Jay Rennard and his wife Louise Robertson-Rennard spoke to Your Harrogate ahead of the grand opening tonight:
The new Harrogate restaurant, which was previously occupied by Porco Rosso, will serve stone-baked pizzas delivered with a twist as they hope to make their mark on the Harrogate clientele.
Jay Rennard said:
“We hope that people come and enjoy themselves and become regulars – I love talking to and getting to know people.
“I also hope that people understand that we are trying to do something different – something you don’t get in national chains – a more unique and bespoke approach.
“We are independent – not commercial, a one-off. I’ve lived and worked in and around Harrogate for 30 years and it was an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down.”
Opening just after the UK comes out of national lockdown and Harrogate becomes a Tier-2 area, joint partner Louise Robertson-Rennard sees them opening their doors as a positive impact on the town:
“I think the hospitality industry has been through enough this year. It has been a crying shame seeing businesses fold and we think people need hope, so we are going to approach this without the emphasis being on COVID – making the experience as normal as possible.
“All our suppliers are Yorkshire-based companies, and we have exclusive rights in Harrogate to 90% of our wines and liquor.
“We searched high and low finding the best products, that have come from all round world, to give customers an experience that they just simply won’t get elsewhere.”