L’Oliveto in Oakham set to reopen after fire

Benny Ladjimi with his staff outside L'Oliveto in Oakham. The restaurant is has been renovated following a fire last year, and is set to reopen. From left, waiter Del Piero Ladjimi, owner Benny Ladjimi,  executive head chef Aldo Longhui and waiter Fadi Mimo.'Photo: MSMP040913-004ow
Benny Ladjimi with his staff outside L'Oliveto in Oakham. The restaurant is has been renovated following a fire last year, and is set to reopen. From left, waiter Del Piero Ladjimi, owner Benny Ladjimi, executive head chef Aldo Longhui and waiter Fadi Mimo.'Photo: MSMP040913-004ow
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An Italian restaurant that was forced to close after a fire tore through its roof in June last year will reopen next week.

L’Oliveto, in Church Street, Oakham, has been closed since the blaze, which was caused by an electrical fault.

But after months of rebuilding, which has cost about £70,000, the restaurant will open its 
doors to customers on Tuesday.

Benny Ladjimi, who owns the business with his brother Roberto, said he was delighted to be reopening the restaurant and thanked customers for their support.

Benny said: “It’s been a tough year for us but thanks to the support of our customers and our dedicated team, we are ready to reopen.

“The restaurant is going to be much the same as before but hopefully even better.

“We hope it will be very busy next week and we are all very happy and ready to get started.”

Despite the setback from the fire, the business’s Rutland Water restaurant in Edith Weston has continued to flourish.

It was voted best European restaurant at the East Midlands Food and Drink Awards in November, an awards ceremony organised by East Midlands Newspapers, which owns the Rutland Times.

Benny added: “We were really happy to have won the award that was voted for by our customers.

“We’ve had a lot of people coming to the Rutland Water restaurant asking when the Oakham one will reopen and it’s lovely to have that support from our customers. They are like family to us.

“We like to offer good food and good service in a cosy, relaxing atmosphere and I cannot wait to get started again at the Oakham restaurant. It’s a hobby for me.”

Lettings agency Reid Associates, which was also damaged in the fire, moved into a new premises in Market Street with the Mortgage Shop a week after the blaze.

It will not return to its former premises.