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Normal service resumes at top Pendle restaurant
AN Italian restaurant which temporarily shut when its water supply was turned off last month has launched a revival.
Mario Gratino, of Barocco’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, said staff turned off the water voluntarily on August 19 when United Utilities contacted them over unpaid bills.
As a result, Pendle Council said they could not reopen until it was turned back on, which happened on August 24.
Earlier this year the Fence establishment was awarded a five star food hygiene rating – the top mark possible – after a rigorous inspection.
Mr Gratino put the non-payment of bills down to an ‘administrat-ion error’ and stressed that the restaurant was thriving once more.
He said: “I went to see my mum and dad in Italy and while I was away this nightmare happened.
"If I had been here none of this kerfuffle would have happened.
"It was nothing to do with the food or hygiene – just that we were advised to turn off the water.
“I want people to know that we are open and to come and enjoy some of our special offers.”
Mr Gratino, who also imports Italian food and wine as part of another business, has been at the helm of Barocco’s for two years, but only hands-on since April.
The restaurant and bar, in Cuckstool Lane, is owned by pub giant Enterprise Inns.
Regional boss Nick Yates said he was shocked and surprised by last month’s clo-sure and that the firm was backing Mr Gratino.
He said: “The restaurant has a great reputation. It is one our jewels in the crown.”
Customers can buy any pizza or pasta for £4.95 and any two-course meal with a glass of wine and tea or coffee for £9.95.
The offer is available Monday to Thursday from lunch until late, as well as all day Sunday.