An Italian takeaway restaurant in Ayr is eyeing expansion as it celebrates a year in business under its new brand.
Stephen Conetta launched Vito’s To Go, a new concept in ‘theatre-style’ takeaway food, next door to his popular Vito’s Italian restaurant on Burns Statue Square in 2015.
Clydesdale Bank provided a funding package to support the refit of the premises, helping to transform the space which had been run as a chip shop for the previous 30 years. The deal was arranged by Clydesdale Bank’s Customer Banking Centre in Ayr.
“Vito’s To Go is a natural extension of our restaurant business and Linda Paterson at Clydesdale Bank has been incredibly supportive since we first approached her with the idea,” explained owner Stephen Conetta, who decided to try out the concept after being impressed with similar outlets in London and Germany. “The front of house staff are chefs, all of whom also work in the restaurant, and we use the same menus and recipes across both businesses.”
This established family business, which employs 30 people across both venues, is open from 11am until 9.30pm seven days a week and sells stone-baked pizza and pasta dishes cooked to order ‘theatre style’ in front of customers, as well as a range of Italian themed paninis and ciabattas for the lunch crowd.
Stephen Conetta added: “Providing restaurant standard food to eat at home has been a completely new concept to the local market but the response has been very positive. If things continue in that vein then we’d definitely like to open another Vito’s To Go elsewhere. We just introduced a customer loyalty scheme and are keen to expand.”
Linda Paterson, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank’s Customer Banking Centre in Ayr, said: “Stephen is an experienced restaurateur and the Conetta family are longstanding customers of Clydesdale Bank. Helping the business to open Vito’s To Go has been a privilege and we look forward to supporting the future ambitions of this popular Ayr business in its future endeavours. Food and drink is such an important part of the Scottish economy and we are absolutely committed and dedicated to this sector”