Bristol news Restaurant owner has 'mixed feelings' ahead of reopening MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - "There's an air of excitement as we prepare to reopen, but it's mixed with a sense of nervousness"
Breaking News ! Bar and restaurant owners across Bristol are busy cleaning their pipes, testing their kitchen equipment and finalising their rotas ahead of welcoming customers for the first time in months. While many hospitality venues in the city resumed service outdoors on April 12, those without the luxury of outside seating have had to wait patiently until the next step of the Government's roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown. And fortunately the wait is nearly over, as Step 3 takes place on Monday (May 17), marking the return of indoor hospitality and other venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas. Given the lengthy hiatus, you would be forgiven for thinking restaurant owners are feeling nothing but joy as the big day nears. But the owner of one of Bristol's most popular Indian restaurants, which has been closed to customers since the third national lockdown began on January 6, said he is going through 'mixed feelings' ahead of the relaunch. "As Monday approaches I'd say we're experiencing mixed feelings," said Sujith D'almeida, who owns the multi-award winning Urban Tandoor in Small Street. "There is of course an air of excitement as we prepare to reopen, but it's mixed with a sense of nervousness not too different to the feeling we have when we open a brand new restaurant. "This is because we've never had such a long break since Urban Tandoor launched in 2014. We hope that after the initial week of warming up, we'll be back to our best once again.
. "Globally, the pandemic has adversely affected everyone in one way or another. From both a personal and business point of view we really hope there are no more lockdowns and that the world finally gets back to some kind of normality. "We also would like to wish all the best to our fellow restaurants that are reopening on May 17."
Inside Urban Tandoor in Bristol city centre
(Image: Urban Tandoor)
Sujith added Urban Tandoor's takeaway service took a 'significant hit' after many restaurants reopened on April 12, but that he didn't mind as it was 'great and comforting to see the hospitality industry bouncing back'. The biggest concern for him right now, he said, is the surge in coronavirus cases in his native country, which is 'wreaking havoc back home in India'. His restaurant is helping the crisis through the #BackTheBhaji campaign, which sees proceeds of onion bhaji sales going to a charity that supports underprivileged children in the country. Urban Tandoor, located at 13 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DE, will be reopening on May 17 and is launching a new menu to mark the occasion. For more information and to book a table, head to Urban Tandoor's website. More stories from Bristol: Traditional farm looking to the future by using methods from the past Bristol's best 11 bits of countryside in the city
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