Astley Bridge takeaway reopens after its former home was demolished
A TAKEAWAY has opened again following a £60,000 refurbishment.
Little Italy in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge, has reopened across the road from its former premises, after they were knocked down to make way for more spaces in the Asda car park.
Owners Vignesh Patel, aged 29, and wife Gayatri, aged 30, bought the site, which used to be an Indian takeaway, last year.
Mr Patel said: “Business has been great so far and we’re hoping that will continue.
“We’ve had a lot of happy faces and a lot of positive feedback.
“We’ve had everything changed, from floor to ceiling. We’ve still got work to do, but we’re really happy with how it’s looking now.”
Mr Patel added that there would be up to 10 jobs created at the restaurant before the end of the year.
Little Italy has been running in Astley Bridge since 1987.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, and his wife Dee, were the first customers at the takeaway following the relaunch.
Mr Patel said: “They were really happy and excited. Not bad for a first takeaway order.”
The couple had initially hoped to open the new takeaway in June.
Mrs Patel said: “The last few months have been hectic.
“We scrubbed the place down and washed it at least three times before we started working there.
“We wanted to keep the Italian theme and we have given it a modern twist.
“Obviously there are a lot of big shops and takeaways in Blackburn Road, but competition makes us thrive. We want to be consistent throughout and keep the customers coming through the door.
“It’s been a good few days and, hopefully, it’s only going to get better from here.”
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