An entrepreneur expands his empire and opens a new Italian restaurant Figurati! at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton

AN ENTREPRENEUR who recently took over a Romsey pub has once again expanded his business empire with the opening of a new restaurant.

Chris Schutrups, who runs the Hunters Inn in Romsey and the Dolphin Inn in Hursley, has opened a new venue called Figurati! at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton last week.

Founded by Chris and his friend Richard Gilbert with their wives Nicola and Sophie, the restaurant promises to bring a new dining experience to the city that has never been seen before.

The name Figurati! means ‘no worries’ in Italian and saw the four business partners invest over £600,000 in the new concept.

Richard said: “We wanted to bring a combination of modern sharing style meals complemented by great traditional dishes.

“Weekends will bring a unique vibe with DJs playing the most direct electronic music to accompany your meal.

“There is also an extensive unique wine list of nearly 100 wines and the venue has luxurious, modern decor designed by Four Square, a local renovation company we worked with alongside my wife Sophie.”

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The business partners already have a strong foothold in town with their respective businesses, Richard owns various venues in town including Café Parfait, while Chris and his wife are the founders of The Mortgage Hut. They also have a business interest in The Olive Tree in Ocean Village.

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Chris said: ‘We are delighted to bring Figurati to the Marina, it’s Southampton’s prime location, with a host of amazing restaurants and the five star Harbor Hotel on the doorstep, it’s where people want go for a glass of wine in the evening or a meal in the sun on the weekends.

“We are extremely confident about the location, hence our investment in two sites already and a third to come.”

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