Local restaurant provides a breath of fresh air for Bournemouth during Lockdown

A nationwide lockdown would stop many from attempting to run a newly formed business, but not Mr Walid Eltakl.

Eltakl, a local Bournemouth resident who had the grand opening of his restaurant “Fresh & Delish” on March 13th, 2020, just a day before the United Kingdom implemented a nationwide lockdown, decided to keep his restaurant open and running during the crisis despite running the risk of taking financial losses.

“The restaurant is creating a place for people to come outside and pick up a coffee and socialize while still following the rules of social distancing” – Walid Eltakl

Walid Eltakl, working behind the counter of his restaurant. (Photo accredited to Casuan Caudle)

When asked why he chose to keep his restaurant open, Eltakl stated: “My restaurant is helping the community by providing a place for people to come and eat while out on their walks”.

“The restaurant is creating a place for people to come outside and pick up a coffee and socialize while still following the rules of social distancing”

A restaurant that prides itself on only using locally produced foods and products, Eltakl also explained that his restaurant is providing a place for people to still obtain fresh quality fast food while many of the other restaurants are closed.

“My emphasis has always been on finding locally produced products with a small carbon footprint because I care about the environment and I care about freshly produced food”

Despite only being open for six weeks through a national lockdown, “Fresh & Delish” has managed to have a positive impression on a few local residents.

“I can come outside and relax in a safe and clean social environment while still practising social distancing.” -Deandre Pennington

Deandre Pennington, a local Bournemouth resident, said that since going to “Fresh & Delish” he has been able to get “Fresh food that’s not as greasy while still being filled up”

Pennington (White hoodie) observing the menu of “Fresh & Delish”. (Photo accredited to Casuan Caudle)

Pennington also said that “Fresh & Delish” has been an asset to him during the lockdown by providing a place where “I can come outside and relax in a safe and clean social environment while still practising social distancing.”

As “Fresh & Delish” continues to remain open during the lockdown, it will continue to aim in providing a breath of fresh air for the community.

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