THE POPULAR Ascotts restaurant in Aston Fields toasts its first anniversary this weekend and the owners are hoping its customers will head down and join them to celebrate the occasion.
Ben Ascott, who owns the eatery along with neighbouring Fuso, said: “Our customers have been so supportive – not just since we opened but also during the lockdown.
“Many of them have had takeaways and deliveries over the past three months and it’s thanks to them and the Government support that we were able to keep going and come out the other side.”
The restaurant has been offering takeaways throughout the week and deliveries on Sundays when its Yorkshire pudding wrap menu has been extremely popular.
Ben also praised the Government support.
He said: “It couldn’t have been any better for us – we have furloughed staff but have also needed to take some on to help with the takeaways and deliveries as it has been so popular.
“The VAT reduction has also been brilliant.”
And Ascotts has taken the Government up on its ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ offer whereby people can get £10 per person off a meal on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between August 3 and 31.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced it to give the hospitality a post-lockdown boost and bring some pleasure to diners.
The deal is available at Ascotts on Tuesday and Wednesday (it is closed on Mondays) and at Fuso Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Ascotts offers street food from burgers and ribs to low and slow meals, Mexican and American cuisine while Fuso is a traditional Italian boasting wood fired pizzas and fresh pasta.
Ben added: “What it has done is kind of extend the weekend from two days to five days which is brilliant – not everyone works Monday to Friday so hopefully those people who have their days off in the week will come down and take advantage of the scheme.”
And there has been plenty of preparation before the restaurants’ reopenings.
“We have carried out risk assessments and put social distancing measures in place – so less tables inside and more outside – and hand sanitiser available.
“People can book places in advance or turn up and we will seat them when we can.”
Ascotts and Fuso also have an app which makes ordering even easier – especially for the deliveries and takeaways.
Ben said: “It is great we are open for our first anniversary at Ascotts and whether it is this weekend for that or for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme we are hoping to see as many of our customers, and maybe even some new ones, as possible.