Emily’s owner Neil Deakin and assistant chef Karen Johnston.
Emily’s owner Neil Deakin and assistant chef Karen Johnston. Jim Nicholls

Fair Exchange helps restaurant

DESPITE being inundated in last week's flood, Neil Deakin, the owner of Emily's Restaurant in Laidley, says he is already looking to the future.

Mr Deakin said he had received numerous offers of support, with perhaps the most heartening coming from the town's Exchange Hotel.

“Hotel group spokesman Graham Kong handed me the keys to his kitchen and said I could have them for as long as I needed them,” Mr Deakin said.

“Graham told me that, as well as attracting people to Laidley, Emily's had also boosted other businesses in the town.

“I accepted his generous offer and we hope to be back in operation as soon as insurance matters are sorted out.”

Mr Kong said he wanted Mr Deakin to get back on his feet and to start the restaurant operating again.

“We've never really pushed our meals at the Exchange Hotel,” Mr Kong said.

Both establishments will now benefit from allowing Neil the use of the kitchen.”

Although facilities at Emily's were ruined, Mr Deakin said he intended to restore things to the way they were as soon as he could.

“We owe it to our loyal customers to keep operating and, if possible, provide a better service than before,” he said.



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