A popular pasta restaurant shut down a matter of weeks after it reopened under a new name in Sale.

Rigatoni's, formerly SUD Pasta and Sugo Pasta, reopened at its site at Stanley Square on January 10.

Launched in 2022 by brothers Alex de Martiis and Michael de Martiis after a crowdfunding campaign, the popular pasta restaurant was one of four in Greater Manchester, the others of which remain open at this time. Its new name brought with it a new menu based on homemade rigatoni and homemade rigatoni alone.

However it shut down this week with a post on social media saying it was due to "financial challenges".

The post on social media said: "It is with a heavy heart we announce the closure of our restaurant in Sale. We want to express our deepest gratitude for your support in Sale since 2022. This decision, we hope you'll understand, was not an easy one. 

"It is no secret the hospitality industry has faced financial challenges in recent times. Specifically in Sale and despite our best efforts, we haven't been able to navigate through those financial challenges. Please continue to support your local businesses."

Rigatoni's fate follows on from the loss last year of Sale Foodhall, also at Stanley Square, and the loss last week of Stretford Foodhall, over at Stretford Mall, as well as a number of other businesses in the hospitality industry.

The others which remain open at this time are on Altrincham's Shaw's Road as well as on Blossom Street and on Peter Street in the city centre. For information go to letsrigatoni.co.uk or search @letsrigatoni on social media. 

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email jack.tooth@newsquest.co.uk or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.