A family-run Italian restaurant celebrated its fifth birthday with the great and the good of Ampthill.
Television stars including actors Robert Daws and Emily Atack turned out on Monday night for a special VIP night of birthday entertainment at Italian restaurant Fratelli in Ampthill.
They were joined by around 200 customers who were invited to help the restaurant celebrate its birthday, along with live music from local artists Sergio and Sophie Lauder.
Fratelli is run by brothers Antonino, Mario and Carmelo Di Giorgio, and offers traditional Italian home-cooked food with a strong southern-Italian influence.
Mario said: “We used to run a restaurant and bar in Luton, so we have all been in the business for quite a while. We opened in January 2008 at the height of the boom, and then literally six months later the credit crunch hit. That was a really tough time for us and luckily we’re still here five years later.
“Ampthill is a really great place, there is a real community here and they really support local businesses. We just wanted to use this opportunity to say thank you to our loyal customers.
“It’s them who have kept us in business so we just wanted to give something back to the community.”
Guests were treated to a Prosecco reception, canapes, a buffet and live entertainment throughout the night.
Antonino added: “I think what’s great about us is we have managed to adapt what we do to make sure people want to come here.
“Once the credit crunch hit we really focused on providing value for money. People didn’t want to go out for three-course meals that cost an arm and a leg, but they would come out for meal that didn’t cost too much.
“We often have deals on, like through January we do two courses for £9.95 and we do a children’s menu, which includes a pizza or pasta for £5.95 and you get free ice cream with that.
“We have a lot of loyal customers, some who come in two or three times a week. And we have stars like Emily Atack and Bob Daws who tweet when they come here, which is great exposure for us. Ampthill is a fantastic place and we’re really happy to reach our fifth birthday.”
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