Dundee restaurant dishes up donations for front-line medical workers

A Dundee restaurant is set to donate more than 1,000 meals to key front-line medical workers and its local foodbank. 

Meze Grill, based in Broughty Ferry, will dish up 40 lunches to staff at the Scottish Ambulance Centre this Thursday as a way of saying thank you for their hard work and commitment.

The Mediterranean eatery, which opened ten months ago, is the sister restaurant to Goa and one of four eateries owned by Ibrar Ibrahim in the east of Scotland. 

In addition to supplying food to the Scottish Ambulance Centre, Ibrar and his team aim to donate 1,000 meals over the next month to their local foodbank on Albert Street, Dundee.

Steve Ayre, relationship manager at Bank of Scotland, will join Ibrar on Thursday at the Scottish Ambulance Centre to help plate up a variety of light bites, including hummus and pulled chicken rice. 

meze grill Bank of Scotland is supporting Meze Grill through the COVID-19 outbreak, with a six-month capital repayment holiday on its existing loans.

Ibrar Ibrahim, restauranteur and owner of Meze Grill, said: “Like many other businesses in the area, we’ve felt the economic impact of the virus. Our Goa restaurant, which is upstairs from Meze Grill, closed three weeks ago and my six members of staff are working reduced hours. We are only doing home deliveries now. 

“It’s a very grim situation, and it’s at times like these that you need to dig deep to support the local community. 

“It’s bit of a relief to have such a good relationship with Bank of Scotland at a time like this. I’ve been a customer for more than seven years and the guidance and support the bank has provided has been crucial to the financial health of my four restaurants.

“Where we can, we will put our time and efforts to good use to help those in a less fortunate position. As well as supporting our medical workers, we plan to donate more than 1,000 meals over the next month to the local foodbank.”

Steve Ayre, relationship manager at Bank of Scotland, said: “During what is an uncertain time, it’s inspiring to see the goodwill of businesses such as Meze Grill who are devoting their time to support the wider community. 

“At Bank of Scotland, we’re working closely with a variety of firms from different sectors to help guide them through this extremely difficult period. We’re also supporting customers with arrangement fee free finance and overdrafts, as well as capital repayment holidays for those that have been severely affected by COVID-19.”

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