Restaurant setting up and measuring tables with Tony
28 May 2020
Canberra foodies rejoice - we can now sit and savour the wide variety of cuisines on offer as our favourite restaurants reopen for bookings.
Home to our celebrations and catch-ups, restaurants are back and taking extra measures to keep Canberrans safe.
“I opened a year ago in Braddon after running businesses in Melbourne and Sydney because I know Canberrans are real foodies with a knowledge of what makes good food,” says Tony Loterzo of Braddon’s The Italian Place.
“Ordinarily we seat up to 30 people for lunch and dinner and we employ 15 staff.
“COVID-19 was unexpected, but it was also an opportunity to do something with the business I have wanted to do for a while.
“We adapted straight away by changing the floor layout for social distancing, getting new fridges, changing staff shifts and making pasta sauces and fresh pasta for takeaway.”
Tony says the easing of restrictions has seen strong bookings for lunch and dinner.
“We are doing two sittings at lunch and then again at dinner.
“Every morning I am working on the layout of the tables and measuring them, so they are 1.5 metres apart.
“We are doing extra cleaning and sanitising everything in between sittings - chairs, benches, tables with new tablecloths and we are really careful in handling plates, cutlery and glasses with cloths or disposable gloves.
“We are still cooking great Italian food and now I can see other opportunities because of the changes we had to make.
“I moved to Canberra ten years ago and this is a magnificent place. We are trying to do everything that we need to and to do the best for society.”
Canberra thanks you The Italian Place for playing your part to keep the community safe.