New Greek restaurant has finally opened in Reading after massive delays

Tasty Greek Souvlaki has finally opened its doors in Reading after being hit by delays.

The Greek eatery was meant to open three months ago but the owners have faced issues over planning and the coronavirus outbreak has delayed things further.

But now the restaurant in Market Place has opened its doors for the first time on Monday and is serving food available for takeaway or collection.

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The new Greek restaurant was given its licence in January and was initially due to open in February but there was “a massive delay”, with the planning application, submitted in December 2019, not approved until the end of March.

By then, Tasty Greek Souvlaki was unable to open because of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

Anxhelo Mertiri, co-director of the restaurant, speaking before the opening: “To be honest, it hasn’t been easy at all.

“We have had no business rates waived and we have received no business grant. We still had to pay our rent and our subcontractors.

“Now we are on our last hope and we are ready to open for takeaways and collection orders only. We are ensuring we comply with all Covid-19 legislations in act alongside with the normal heath and food safety standards.

“We want to be sure that public safety and our own safety comes before anything else.

“We are looking forward to the vaccine for coronavirus to come out so the population can be safe again and free to go back to normal life.  We can’t wait to see people walking again in town centre and seeing all shops full again.”

Reading Borough Council was approached for comment on why the business was not able to get any grants or waived business rates but had not commented at the time of publication.

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