Oh, what a night!

Umberto Fiorenza, pictured outside his new Milsom Street Restaurant.

There are some evenings that just turn up the social volume so quickly that you don’t have time to put your fingers in your ears!

We’d had an invite to help celebrate the opening of Bath and Bristol restauranteur Umberto Fiorenza’s latest culinary venture Floriani – a restaurant due to open in Milsom Street some time next week.

Family and friends helping Umberto celebrate.

This octogenarian has the energy of a 20-year-old and this is a business that will help put some sunshine back into a street that has been a little in the shade just recently.

Umberto – by the way – means ‘renowned warrior’ back on the Italian mainland, and he is certainly fighting fit.

After the celebrations, there’s more work to do to get ready for an opening soon.

Umberto and l go back a long way. Many an HTV ‘gang night’ was spent at Maxwell Plums in Bristol back in the 1980’s!

Pictures show family and friends he’d asked to come and help celebrate his latest venture. Great atmosphere to be sure, and l wish him and his family well.

Also had an earlier drink in The Grapes in Westgate Street. A rescued business now – judging by last night’s early evening crowd – doing very well.

Before l end this report on last night’s proceedings, a mention for another new business in Milsom Street and right next door to Floriani.

Good to see Cream Cornwall stepping out of their home county for the first time and choosing Bath for their new store. Famous for their selection of homeware and furnishings, they also plan to open soon.