How sad. Costanzo took a walk up to Buchanan Street yesterday as he had heard a rumour that the bulldozers were flattening the building. It’s totally gone! All that remains is a pile of rubble where we once stood for all those years. It was due to be demolished in March so we reckon that they had a bit of trouble trying to get rid of it! Oh well, life goes on after the Caprese. Soon there will be another generic shopping centre in its place. One thing we do know though, it may be a nice, shiny, new building but they won’t have half the enjoyment that we had in our run-down little basement restaurant, for sure!
We were sorting through all the old photos from the Caprese yesterday and the memories were flooding back. We came across a big envelope containing some beautiful photos of Capri given to us by our lovely Mr Sneddon. Many years ago, Mr Sneddon was on a cruise and happened to be passing by Capri and decided to give Costanzo a call as they passed the island. Costanzo was busy in the kitchen and was called to the phone to hear Mr Sneddon tell him that he was sitting on the deck of the cruise liner eating a Torta Caprese and a cup of coffee and was thinking of him. Costanzo’s response was “Well, I hope you choke on it”. Hence why on the front of the envelope with the photos, Mr Sneddon had written “I hoppa yo chok”. Nice! Costanzo really has a way with his customers.
Still no date for opening although we do know that our hearing at the licensing board should be October so things are sort of moving along. In the meantime we are just preparing things so that we are ready to open as soon as we have the go-ahead from them. It looks like by the time we open we will be right into the busy pre-Christmas period so it will be all hands on deck. We’ve started advertising for new staff to join us so that has been deep joy going through the mountains of applications!
That’s all for now but we’ll keep you posted on anything that’s happening, good or bad!