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Scotland's leading restaurateurs share their experience of lockdown as they prepare to reopen

Posted On: 1 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Scotsman

Scotland's leading restaurateurs share their experience of lockdown as they prepare to reopen

As the coronavirus took hold and the UK entered into lockdown in March, many new businesses had to close before they'd even fully opened. One of these was Pier Brasserie in Edinburgh .
Pier Brasserie's fight for survival
The restaurant, which was the result of a £100,000 transformation of the former Prezzo site within Newhaven's prime former Fishmarket building, launched with much anticipation in February.
But within weeks it became clear that the spread of Covid-19 was set to devastate the sector along with the dreams of owner Mark Patonyi, one of the city's best-known restaurant managers, previously front of house at Martin Wishart's The Honours, manager of Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and general manager of Steak Restaurant at Picardy Place.
To survive, Mark along with head chef and friend Vladimir Garcik and two colleagues, opened a takeaway offering, enabling Edinburgh residents to sample high-quality bistro dishes while taking in the views of Newhaven lighthouse and the bridges from the harbour.
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