Salvi’s Pizzeria Napoletana, on John Dalton Street, was shocked to find the restaurant’s door completely damaged after a break-in this morning.
CCTV footage shows two burglars smashing into the building at around 2.10am on Wednesday 10th June.
It is believed that used a block/weight taken from a building site skip opposite the property.
An iPad, cash, bottles of wine, alcohol and other items of stock were taken. The damage is expected to set Salvi’s back by around £3,000 – £4,000 and also unfortunately looking to force back plans to reopen after lockdown.
Staff were preparing to re-open the popular Manchester pizzeria as a takeaway and delivery service next week after being closed for the past few months amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but the damage to the site means plans will inevitably be delayed.
Speaking to the MEN regarding the burglary, Ruby Fryman, a spokesperson for Salvi’s, said: “They took the iPad, cash, stock including wine and alcohol, but the damage to the door will cost the most.”
“We were about to re-open as a takeaway and delivery next week. Everyone has been saying ‘when are you doing takeaway’. We were in the process of preparing for that [and] the iPad was in there as we were setting up to open.”
She continued: “Obviously, the hospitality industry has been hit the hardest by this whole thing.”
“We have been trying to keep spirits up with video tutorials and cooking videos. We have been working really hard and planning for when we can reopen, and keeping our followers engaged.”
“So it feels like a kick in the teeth.”
The burglary was reported to the Greater Manchester Police this morning and Salvi’s has thanked officers from the city centre policing team for their assistance via Twitter.
The tweet read: “Last night Salvi’s Pizzeria Napoletana was broken into”.
“Obviously we are gutted but as always we’ll bounce back. If anyone saw anything at all on John Dalton Street please contact us!”
“Thanks to @GMPCityCentre for all your help this morning”.
No arrests have been made yet, but police are due to review CCTV footage from neighbouring properties.
Any witnesses, or anyone with further information is asked to contact GMP on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 and quote the log number 508/June 10/2020.