Beloved Edinburgh takeaway L’Alba D’Oro set to reopen tomorrow

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The Edinburgh institution is making a comeback after closing due to the lockdown.

One of Edinburgh’s most popular takeaways is set to reopen for business tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29).

L’Alba D’Oro, on Henderson Row in the New Town, was among thousands of Edinburgh businesses that closed temporarily after the government imposed Covid-19 restrictions.

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Now the takeaway will reopen from 5pm to 9:30pm on Wednesday to Sunday, accepting pre-ordered collections and deliveries.

“We’re just testing the waters,” owner Gino Crolla told the Evening News, “and hoping to get back to normality relatively quickly.”

“It’s been difficult. There’s been a lot of uncertainty. I’ve had to speak with the bank, I’ve had to organise furlough pay for staff.

“But now that’s fallen into place, we’re really looking forward to getting back to work, and to serving the community again.”

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Nextdoor, L’Alba D’Oro’s sister restaurant, Anima, will remain closed, and Gino insisted that robust social distancing measures have been put in place at the takeaway.

L'Alba D'Oro is set to reopen tomorrow.L'Alba D'Oro is set to reopen tomorrow.
L'Alba D'Oro is set to reopen tomorrow.

“Only one customer will be allowed into the building at a time,” said the 39-year-old, “and we have marked out two metre gaps outside for people to queue safely.”

While people in vulnerable groups will be accepted as walk-ins, others will have to pre-order their meals online for delivery or collection.

“The response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive,” Gino said, “people have been taking pictures of our posters outside our shops.

“Hopefully it can have a really good impact,” he added.

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