Much-loved Islington restaurant gutted by fire
A fire gutted a popular Islington restaurant this morning.
Flames ripped through Gallipoli, a Turkish and Lebanese eaterie in Upper Street, shortly before 7am today.
Two fire engines and ten fire fighters raced to the scene and had the blaze under control by 7.35.
No one was injured and the fire brigade didn’t evacuate anyone from the flats above - but approximately 50 per cent of the restaurant was destroyed by the flames.
Ramsey Yara, who runs another branch of Gallipoli, said: “The whole place is damaged, but luckily everyone is fine. We will be shut for a while as we have to clean up and redecorate.
You may also want to watch:
“It’s such bad timing - we had loads and loads of booking for Christmas.”
Many customers expressed their regret about the fire on Twitter.
- 1 Hundreds gather for Tony Eastlake funeral in Islington
- 2 GMB stops funding London Labour over Islington caretaker sacking
- 3 Historic Archway site set for major housing development after land sale
- 4 Letters on low traffic neighbourhoods
- 5 'No further action' after officer knelt on neck of Black suspect in Finsbury Park
- 6 How much are Islington's Monopoly squares worth in 2021?
- 7 Petition begins for reduction of traffic on Liverpool Road
- 8 Flooding recovery begins after evening of chaos
- 9 New Lidl to open in Finsbury Park's Arts Building next week
- 10 Finsbury Park to get its own Pokémon-GO style story
One person said: “RIP Gallipoli the original on Upper Street. Hope you’re back on your Mezze feet soon.” An investigation team is currently examining the cause of the fire.