A restaurant which prides itself on its homemade food has taken on six staff since it moved to bigger premises in Ilkeston.
Patti House was formerly located at the top of Bath Street but customer demand led owner Zee Sheldon to start looking for bigger premises.
She asked for help with funding and, after reading an article in the ‘Tiser, a private investor offered the cash.
Zee, 36, said: “When we first opened (on Bath Street) we had a limited amount of cash. We would hit the lunch market but people where telling me they would like to stay to eat, and celebrate occasions like anniversaries because they loved the atmosphere, but there just wasn’t enough room.
“Fifty volunteers helped to transform it from what it was. The staff are all local, it was a dream of mine and I wanted to do it in Ilkeston - it’s important to me that we contribute to the local economy.”
Since Patti House opened on South Street at the end of September, it has employed a full-time chef, three front of house staff, and two kitchen porters.
The classic burger menu has been maintained but it now also offers a varied children’s menu, a pizza night on a Thursday and ‘Patti pot pie’ on a Sunday, where folk can choose their own filling and topping. Everything is home made.
More information on opening times and the Christmas menu can be found at Patti House