Further boost for Scunthorpe as new Italian-inspired open kitchen and bar set for town centre

11:19, Wednesday, 27th April 2022

A new restaurant and bar is set to bring the best in Italian-inspired cuisine to the heart of Scunthorpe town centre.

Government funding will contribute to a total transformation of the Oswald Road business formerly known as Lucio’s, protecting, and creating at least 20 jobs.

LAVO., which is set to open on 28 April 2022, will offer diners a mouth-watering selection of Italian dishes, including the finest handmade pizzas.

The premium open kitchen and cocktail bar promises an upbeat, ultra-modern atmosphere, with stunning interiors for customers to unwind in.

The announcement follows the council’s shop local campaign, which encourages people to support local retailers and support the North Lincolnshire economy.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“LAVO. is another fantastic addition to Scunthorpe. More than 100 independent retailers, cafés and restaurants call the town centre home. These businesses, like LAVO., are at the heart of our vision for the new future of the town.

“We want to build a vibrant place full of unique experiences that more and more people will want to visit – the stylish offer available at restaurants like LAVO. will help accomplish this.

“We have supported the owners throughout the process, including the application to access grant-funding streams, so to see work approaching completion is fantastic. I wish the business every success for the future.”

Photograph showing LAVO staff members

The LAVO. team look forward to welcoming customers

News of LAVO.’s launch coincides with the funding of more than £30m of Government funding to transform Scunthorpe through the Towns Fund and Future High Streets Fund.

The plans are designed to stimulate the creation of more, better-paid jobs, driving prosperity and ensuring a new future for people who live locally.

Lee Whorton and Tim Mooring, owners of LAVO Limited, said:

“The ambition behind LAVO. is to take our passion for great food and drink and combine this with stunning interiors to create a unique environment for the people of Scunthorpe.

“As well as the restaurant transformation, we have more than doubled the size of the bar area. Together, these offer an elegant, flexible space which can be enjoyed throughout the day and all night long, whether you are visiting on a dinner date or as part of a larger celebration.

“There is a real buzz around independent retail in Scunthorpe currently. It’s been a long journey, but we can’t wait to join the fantastic businesses here and serve that first drink to a customer.

“We would also like to share our thanks to North Lincolnshire Council. From the moment we first approached them they have fully embraced our vision and got behind the project, providing advice at every turn and helping us to access vital funding.”

LAVO. received Government funding from the Additional Resources and Hospitality and Tourism Grants.

From these funding pots more than £200,000 has been injected into the visitor economy, directly supporting hospitality businesses to invest, expand and improve the offer to local people.

In total the grant-funding will see create and protect more than 75 local jobs.

For more information on business support and potential funding, visit the Invest in North Lincolnshire website to book an appointment with a business advisor.

To stay up to date with LAVO’s launch, visit their website, Facebook or Instagram.

Featured image shows, from left to right: Tim Mooring, Owner of LAVO, Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities: urban,  Holly Mumby-Croft, MP for Scunthorpe, Lee Whorton, Owner of LAVO and Antonio Schinello, General Manager at LAVO.