Tributes paid to restaurant owner

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 September 2013

Franco Rinaldi.

Franco Rinaldi.

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A WELL-KNOWN Weston restaurant owner has died aged 67.

Franco Rinaldi, who owned Tarantella in St James Street, moved from Italy in 1968, spending time in different countries across Europe before settling in Manchester.

He had two children, Francesca and Guido, with his first wife.

He met his second wife, Liz, in 1982 when he was tiling in a pizzeria and she was a manager at a bakery.

They had two children together called Daniel and Catherina.

Liz said: “He was a real family man, and loved his children and his dog. He was kind-hearted with an Italian temperament.

“He was a good man who would help anyone he could. He had a lovely funeral and it was absolutely packed.”

They moved to Weston 17 years ago, and branched into the restaurant business when he saw the restaurant was up for sale. Mrs Rinaldi said: “Between the whole family and the dedicated workforce he worked through thick and thin to make a success of it and it is still going strong.”

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