Fire-hit Bexhill cafe ‘manically busy’ on opening day

Caffe Martini owners Nino and Danielle Martinaj SUS-161031-164725001
Caffe Martini owners Nino and Danielle Martinaj SUS-161031-164725001
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Staff at a cafe in Bexhill, which reopened yesterday (Sunday, October 30) after a devastating fire seven months ago, ‘did not stop’ as it was ‘manically busy’ all day.

Caffe Martini welcomed back customers old and new with many coming to see the refurbishments after the blaze in the early hours of March 12.

Caffe Martini is looking much better after the fire seven months ago SUS-161031-164710001

Caffe Martini is looking much better after the fire seven months ago SUS-161031-164710001

The Terminus Road cafe owner Danielle Martinaj said she was overwhelmed by the amount of support both yesterday and at an opening party on Saturday night.

“The opening night was really good, we had a lot of regular customers turn up to support us and that was really nice,” she said.

“People were amazed by the changes and how much bigger it looks.

“I stayed out of the way on Sunday purposely to let the staff and [her husband] Nino deal with it but apparently it was manically busy.

(L-R) Caffe Martini owner Nino Martinaj, manager Simon Butler and waitress Andrea Avram SUS-161031-164803001

(L-R) Caffe Martini owner Nino Martinaj, manager Simon Butler and waitress Andrea Avram SUS-161031-164803001

“They didn’t stop from 8am to 6pm as the tables were filled all day, which was really good.”

Caffe Martini’s interior was completely destroyed and everything has been ripped out and refurbished after the fire.

The kitchen was totally destroyed by the electrical fire at around 12.30am, which they were alerted to by a neighbour.

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