Day’s Grills, which is based in Margate and is the food partner of Ramsgate Football Club, has been shortlisted for the British Takeaway Awards.
The Awards, in partnership with Just Eat, champion of independent take-out food which over the past 18 months has played a particularly important role in British life.
The finalists, voted on by the public, have now been revealed and are all in the running to win ‘Best To Go’ in each of the 12 award regions, as well as the chance to win one of the prestigious national awards including ‘Best to take away in Britain’.
Day’s Grills is one of five shortlisted companies for the South East and the only one in Kent.
Day’s Grills opened its first location at Manston Industrial Estate in February 2020 and was so successful that owner Matt Day and his business partner Clark Scriven opened a second restaurant and bar branch at the Center in Margate in July, then acquired a third site in Hastings. The Manston site is no longer in use with Thanet activity concentrated in Margate and the football club.
Day’s Grills is also the official food supplier for Ramsgate FC players, sponsors and committees and plans to operate a Day’s Grills and Pizza division at the Southwood site.
Matt, from Broadstairs, has worked in the hospitality industry since graduating from school, starting as a sandwich artist at Subway and working his way up the ranks. Before starting his own business, he was the manager of the Five Guys burger restaurant, running venues in London, Southampton and then Westwood Cross until the site closed in 2018.
Once the Westwood site closed, Matt took a break from hospitality with jobs in labor and roofing. But then the Manston Retail Park unit became available and Matt decided to take the plunge.
Matt’s was one of Thanet’s businesses to offer free lunches to schoolchildren last October, when MPs voted against extending the free school meals program during school holidays.
Matt said: “I am so overwhelmed and I appreciate everyone for helping us become what we have today.
“I think what sets us apart is that we can relate to our customers, they played a big role in our build and I feel like we made this journey together. In a year that has been so difficult for everyone, we have just tried to spread the love and put a smile on everyone’s faces.
This year’s BTAs, held in London in September, will pay tribute to hardworking eateries who have adapted during the pandemic to provide a taste of normalcy for those who work from home, self-isolate, or simply seek their own. favorite food as the lockdown forced restaurants to close. to the guests.
Whether they have supported key workers and those in need in the local community, or have responded to the ever-changing demands for alternative diets, including vegan cuisine and healthier alternatives, the prizes will go to takeaways the recognition they deserve after a hectic 2020.
Regional winners will receive £ 1,000 to grow their business, with the overall ‘Best Britain Take Away’ overall award receiving the £ 5,000 prize.