Nuovo in High Road, South Woodford sold to Tasty Plc, founders of Ask and Zizzi

Laura Unthank with Nuovo staff Saci Tebbani and Luis Alves

Laura Unthank with Nuovo staff Saci Tebbani and Luis Alves

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One of South Woodford’s best loved family run restaurants has closed its doors for the last time.

Nuovo in High Road has been sold to Tasty Plc, the company that founded the Ask and Zizzi chains.

Laura Unthank, 46, Nuovo’s owner, has recently become a grandmother to twins and said she had taken the decision to allow her to concentrate her energies on Nuovo’s other branch in Buckhurst Hill.

She has run a restaurant on the South Woodford site for 20 years, converting the building which used to house Lloyds Bank into ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in 1993 before expanding and reopening as Nuovo in 2006.

She said: “Of course there are some mixed emotions for me, I am very attached to the place and it is a bit of a sad moment.

“But Tasty Plc have been trying to buy the site for a number of years and in the end we just received an offer which was too good to refuse.”

Mrs Unthank said she was looking forward to welcoming her regular customers to her other restaurant in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill.

She said: “The important thing to say is that all the faces people know - Luis our general manager,  Saci the manager and the rest of the team - will still be a big part of Nuovo.

“We are planning to expand the Buckhurst Hill restaurant but it will still have a genuinely family run feel and we can't wait to welcome people to it.

“This is not the end of an era, it is the beginning of a new one.”

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5:23pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Funny how when I was reading this article I had a half a chicken pop up served on a plate, at a place in Westfields. Looked quite tasty.
Funny how when I was reading this article I had a half a chicken pop up served on a plate, at a place in Westfields. Looked quite tasty. Cornbeefur
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6:37pm Mon 11 Feb 13

IG9Resident says...

I had some smashing nights out at Jailhouse Rock in the 1990s. Brilliant fun.
I had some smashing nights out at Jailhouse Rock in the 1990s. Brilliant fun. IG9Resident
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7:01pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

IG9Resident wrote:
I had some smashing nights out at Jailhouse Rock in the 1990s. Brilliant fun.
Sounds like Jive talking
[quote][p][bold]IG9Resident[/bold] wrote: I had some smashing nights out at Jailhouse Rock in the 1990s. Brilliant fun.[/p][/quote]Sounds like Jive talking Cornbeefur
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11:35am Tue 12 Feb 13

Wizza_b says...

Please please please, I hope they don`t keep it as an Italian restaurant ! there`s enough of them in south woodford already. I believe there is 6 all in the same proximity/
Please please please, I hope they don`t keep it as an Italian restaurant ! there`s enough of them in south woodford already. I believe there is 6 all in the same proximity/ Wizza_b
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1:46pm Tue 12 Feb 13

spcdust says...

Agree about the italian / pizza influence in the area. How about a Greek restaurant / spanish tapas or a qaulity BBQ pit (think Bodeans). Another desirable alternative would be a French brasserie.
Agree about the italian / pizza influence in the area. How about a Greek restaurant / spanish tapas or a qaulity BBQ pit (think Bodeans). Another desirable alternative would be a French brasserie. spcdust
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6:06pm Tue 12 Feb 13

cows66 says...

Tasty run Wildwood and Dim T, Zizzi and ASK are run by Gondola Holdings - so is it the latter who have taken the site or the former?
Tasty run Wildwood and Dim T, Zizzi and ASK are run by Gondola Holdings - so is it the latter who have taken the site or the former? cows66
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8:57pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Ferdy54 says...

cows66 wrote:
Tasty run Wildwood and Dim T, Zizzi and ASK are run by Gondola Holdings - so is it the latter who have taken the site or the former?
Someones got it wrong. Is it you or them?

The headline of the article says "Nuovo in High Road, South Woodford sold to Tasty Plc, founders of Ask and Zizzi"
[quote][p][bold]cows66[/bold] wrote: Tasty run Wildwood and Dim T, Zizzi and ASK are run by Gondola Holdings - so is it the latter who have taken the site or the former?[/p][/quote]Someones got it wrong. Is it you or them? The headline of the article says "Nuovo in High Road, South Woodford sold to Tasty Plc, founders of Ask and Zizzi" Ferdy54
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10:11pm Tue 12 Feb 13

cows66 says...

Ferdy54 wrote:
cows66 wrote:
Tasty run Wildwood and Dim T, Zizzi and ASK are run by Gondola Holdings - so is it the latter who have taken the site or the former?
Someones got it wrong. Is it you or them?

The headline of the article says "Nuovo in High Road, South Woodford sold to Tasty Plc, founders of Ask and Zizzi"
Them definitely
Corporate site for Gondola: http://www.gondolaho
ldings.com/
[quote][p][bold]Ferdy54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cows66[/bold] wrote: Tasty run Wildwood and Dim T, Zizzi and ASK are run by Gondola Holdings - so is it the latter who have taken the site or the former?[/p][/quote]Someones got it wrong. Is it you or them? The headline of the article says "Nuovo in High Road, South Woodford sold to Tasty Plc, founders of Ask and Zizzi"[/p][/quote]Them definitely Corporate site for Gondola: http://www.gondolaho ldings.com/ cows66
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10:39pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Wizza_b wrote:
Please please please, I hope they don`t keep it as an Italian restaurant ! there`s enough of them in south woodford already. I believe there is 6 all in the same proximity/
What a dreadful dilemma for you.
[quote][p][bold]Wizza_b[/bold] wrote: Please please please, I hope they don`t keep it as an Italian restaurant ! there`s enough of them in south woodford already. I believe there is 6 all in the same proximity/[/p][/quote]What a dreadful dilemma for you. Cornbeefur
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10:41pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

spcdust wrote:
Agree about the italian / pizza influence in the area. How about a Greek restaurant / spanish tapas or a qaulity BBQ pit (think Bodeans). Another desirable alternative would be a French brasserie.
Why don't you pluck up the courage and open one?

Maybe see Mr Sanger and ask him if you can rent one of his shops on the Evergreen Site as you seem to be in favour of it all down there?

In fact rent both? Make a Greek and a French Brazier. Would suit you?
[quote][p][bold]spcdust[/bold] wrote: Agree about the italian / pizza influence in the area. How about a Greek restaurant / spanish tapas or a qaulity BBQ pit (think Bodeans). Another desirable alternative would be a French brasserie.[/p][/quote]Why don't you pluck up the courage and open one? Maybe see Mr Sanger and ask him if you can rent one of his shops on the Evergreen Site as you seem to be in favour of it all down there? In fact rent both? Make a Greek and a French Brazier. Would suit you? Cornbeefur
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