Council dishes up £50k fund award for restaurant

Mario's Restaurant
Mario's Restaurant

A family owned restaurant in Skegness has been transformed and taken on new staff thans to a £50,000 grant.

Mario’s, formerly Toto’s, on Burgh Road, received the money from East Lindsey District Council’s Rural Development Fund.

Five new staff and an apprentice have been recruited at the Italian resturant, which re-opened in July following a two month refurbishment.

Improvements to the building include re-plumbing and re-wiring, new flooring, new dining furniture and a new bar area. Central to all of this is a new kitchen where meals are prepared in view of diners.

Husband and wife team Mario and Holly Cantelmi have been running the buisness since December.

Mario said: “The Rural Development Fund was a major help in enabling us to source local builders, plumbers and electricians to carry out the work needed to achieve the new-look we have today.”

He added: “Because of this, we have seen an increase in bookings and it has enabled us to employ more staff.”

Since its launch in 2012, the Rural Development Fund has awarded £800,000 to 29 local businesses, creating 43 full-time positions, 12 part-time positions and six apprenticeships.

Portfolio holder for coastal economy Coun Steve Kirk said: “The grant has played a huge part in restoring and improving the building and business which will benefit the area of Skegness and bring a boost in the economy through visitors and local people.

“I wish both Mario and Holly well as they continue to develop and grow their business.”