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Gandolfi cooks up a profits rise

CAFE Gandolfi has reported a small retained profit in accounts filed at Companies House.

POSITIVE: Cafe Gandolfi owner Seumas MacInnes is hopeful consumer confidence will pick up. Picture: Martin Shields
POSITIVE: Cafe Gandolfi owner Seumas MacInnes is hopeful consumer confidence will pick up. Picture: Martin Shields

The document shows the profit and loss account at the long-standing Glasgow restaurant business, founded in 1979, went from £282,508 to £285,941 in 2011.

Owner Seumas MacInnes said everyone in the trade was finding it difficult, but he was hopeful confidence would pick up.

The takeaway arm of Gandolfi, which launched last year, was said to be performing well and had introduced chilled foods for home cooking such as fish cakes, venison and gratin dauphinois.

Mr MacInnes, who has been with the business since 1983 and took it over in the mid-1990s, believes the company's activity on Facebook and pop-up shop events with partners such as Whole Foods Market is helping to attract younger customers.

In spite of the tough economic climate he has no plans to change suppliers, reduce his near 50-strong workforce or move to cheaper products.

He said: "People may not eat out as often but when they do they want the quality to be as high as possible."

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