A CHEF and restaurant owner has thanked the Droitwich community for the support he has received since opening his new eatery in the town a fortnight ago.
Angelo had been planning to open all’Angelo for the past three years and finally got the keys to his Queen Street premises in November.
But the Coronavirus pandemic meant he had to delay his plans and he finally managed to open on September 19.
Prior to launching his authentic Italian restaurant Angelo did a lot of research by dining out at various establishments in the town and tailoring his menu to what he thought the people of Droitwich would want.
He said: “We pride ourselves on offering fine dining but at prices that everyone can afford.
“The feedback we have received has been really good so far and I want to thank everyone for supporting us.”
He said opening with the restrictions had been very tough but he had done his best in the difficult circumstances by putting in social distancing, track and trace and other messages.
“It is hard because if people want to enjoy a full meal with a starter, main course, dessert and coffee it will need them to be here for an hour and a half or two hours.
“No-one wants to rush out at 5pm or 6pm if they have been at work all day so with the Government’s restrictions if they do arrive at 8pm or 8.30pm they only just have enough time to eat their meal.”
The venue can accommodate 70 diners but Angelo, who already had two other restaurants in Alcester and Oxfordshire, has reduced that to 60 or less to enable the distancing and so he can get around to speak to everyone during their visit to find out what they think.
And his concept seems to have gone down well – if people want to book for a Friday or Saturday they will have to do so two or three weeks in advance.
He said: “I came to Droitwich for the first time three years ago – I walked around the town and spoke to people, I studied everything about the place and really liked it.
“Everyone I met was so friendly and welcoming, I knew the restaurant I wanted to create and Droitwich would be a good fit.
“The people who have been so far seems to love what we are doing but we want everyone to come down and try out our food.
“And when they have we want as much feedback as possible about the menu and the dishes we offer.”