A new three pan Kiremko wall range along with a full refurb has created a Covid-safe environment for Mr Chippy in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
With its amusements, theme park and beach, not to mention the world’s longest pleasure pier stretching for 1.33 miles, Southend-on-Sea is a magnet for tourists, holidaymakers and day-trippers.
Just ten minutes away from the busy seafront is Mr Chippy, a well-kept secret, which has been serving the locals and passing trade for 21 years. Last spring, this traditional chippy closed for a shop fit, completely modernising it and getting it ready for the next 21 years.
Toying with the idea of a refurb for a couple of years, owner Dave Stebbings was unsure how he could increase his cooking capacity and at the same time gain more space in the shop.
After several visits from KFE, it was agreed to swap out the current two pan counter range for a new, three pan, high efficiency Kiremko wall range and reposition it at the back of the shop. Meanwhile, the counter was to be moved forwards by a few feet and replaced with a larger L-shaped version complete with a recess to accommodate a heated cabinet for chickens, ribs and pies.
Within two days of the doors, walls, floors, ceilings and frying range coming out, the country went into lockdown and Dave was left with a pile of rubble and a gaping hole where his old range once stood.
“I couldn’t believe it,” says Dave. “It was scheduled for the week after but I let the builders start early.”