Delay-hit cafe opens its doors at last
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.
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.