De­lay-hit cafe opens its doors at last

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

THE new-build river­side cafe at Cowey Sale in Wal­ton fi­nally opened on Fri­day June 29, af­ter months of delays.

The open­ing of Cafe Gino, orig­i­nally part of the Wal­ton Bridge project, had been hit by is­sues with the toi­lets in the build­ing con­tin­u­ally leak­ing, send­ing wa­ter and even sewage into the cafe.

Izzet Yil­maz, known as Gino, also had to tackle other struc­tural prob­lems and has had to re­main in the mo­bile cafe in the car park which he has run for seven years.

But the cafe was fi­nally able to open af­ter por­ta­ble toi­lets were in­stalled at Cowey Sale un­til the toi­lets are per­ma­nently fixed.

Rob Moran, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Elm­bridge Bor­ough Coun­cil, spoke at the rib­bon cut­ting.

“It is ab­so­lutely delightful to see so many peo­ple here to cel­e­brate the open­ing of this most fan­tas­tic cafe and should I say pub­lic Thank good­ness.

“It’s taken far too long, there have been far too many prob­lems along the way, but let’s look for­ward. This is a fab­u­lous day.

“This is go­ing to be a fab­u­lous, fab­u­lous fa­cil­ity to serve the res­i­dents of Wal­ton and toi­lets. Elm­bridge and all the vis­i­tors who come to this beau­ti­ful spot.”

Gino’s wife Amanda added: “We just want to thank ev­ery­body for your sup­port and your love over the years. “Thank you so much.” The rib­bon was then cut by Roni Yil­maz.

Pic­ture: Dar­ren Pepe. Ref: EN162573

Roni opens Cafe Gino, watched by Melvyn Mills (Wal­ton Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion), Gino Yil­maz, Amanda Yil­maz, Joanna Gor­don (Wal­ton on Thames Trad­ing Al­liance), and Rob Moran.

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