A FARNWORTH restaurant owner who has received no government support during the pandemic is desperate for lockdown restrictions to lift - with takeaway trading only bringing in around 10 customers a day.

Edyta Kubczyna, 37, opened Bee Leaf on Market Street last July, shortly after the first lockdown.

Originally from Poland, she moved from London to Kearsley with her partner three years ago.

As a new business, Edyta has been unable to secure any government funding, as requirements state that she must have traded in the previous tax year to be eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Speaking to The Bolton News, she said: “It’s always been my dream to own my own restaurant.

“I wanted to provide a healthy alternative to all the chip shops and takeaways in Farnworth.”

Last summer, business was booming for the new health food restaurant when indoor seating was allowed.

However, sales declined over the winter period throughout the second and third national lockdowns.

The eaterie sells soups, salads, pastas and paninis - as well as hot drinks and mini desserts.

Currently, though, only around 10 customers a day are coming in through the restaurant’s doors.

Edyta added: “It’s so important to support small businesses. It’s been really tough since the busy spell during the summer. I just hope that things go back to normal soon so I can continue doing what I love.”

The restaurant is currently operating a takeaway service only, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

Edyta also enjoys putting on different themed menus, most recently in celebration of pancake day a fortnight ago. Next week, for Mother’s Day, she will be putting on a special afternoon tea including sandwiches, scones and macaroons.