Another top Bristol restaurant has been forced to shut due to Covid.
A member of the team at Marmo on Baldwin Street tested positive for the virus and the restaurant now has to close its doors for a week.
Marmo was opened in August 2019 by husband and wife team Cosmo and Lily Sterck, who studied in Bristol before heading to London – Cosmo as a chef and Lily as a lawyer.
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They returned to Bristol to launch the first restaurant of their own and it has quickly become one of the city’s most talked about venues, with glowing national reviews and a loyal local following.
Having to temporarily close due to Covid is having a huge impact on many restaurants.
Lily says: “Small independent businesses like ours operate with very tight teams, so the impact of one person contracting Covid, or being told to self-isolate, is catastrophic.
“One of the saddest knock-on effects is food waste – we are sitting on a fridge full of food which will all perish as the whole team is now isolating.”
And it’s not just the logistical side of having to close the doors, according to Lily.
“Mentally, it is very tough for everyone to be stopped in our tracks once again, just as we were getting back into the flow of things.
“Financially, of course it’s terrible to be forced to close – we are back in the position of lockdown but this time with no support.”
It’s also the customers who lose out, with bookings being either rescheduled or cancelled altogether.
Marmo is owned by Cosmo and Lily Sterck
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Lily says: “All our customers have been very understanding and compassionate. We have tried to rearrange as many lost bookings as possible, but in a lot of instances people had booked to celebrate particular occasions or visit with friends who are only in town for a few days. We can only hope that they will rebook another time in the future.”
But despite the unpredictability of having to close, Lily is upbeat about the months ahead.
“We hope that the combination of increasing vaccination rates and the self-isolation rules changing in mid-August will improve the situation for businesses like ours,” she said.
Marmo hopes to reopen on August 10.
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