In Focus: A Lincoln Small Business Blog – Bar Unico
With the current outlook seeming gloomy for small businesses (myself included) I’m taking action and will be highlighting local businesses that are still operating and are depending on your business to weather the storm. It’s vital that we support small businesses like these so that they and their staff can continue to function. In this series of posts I’ll be showing a few pictures of them and chatting to them about how we can help and why it’s important for us to do so.
This is the second blog in the series and features Bar Unico
Business Name: Bar Unico
Location: Lincoln High Street (near the war memorial)
Specialty: Authentic Italian bar experience
Opening Times: Monday – Friday – 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday – 8.30am – 6pm
Sunday – 11am – 4pm
Current level of service: Open as normal & offering a delivery service (within 7 miles) for their daytime menu 10am – 4pm subject to change
Bar Unico offers pizza, pasta and sandwiches made fresh in the kitchen by Giovanni Carchedi and his team. If you go to their Facebook there’s behind-the-scenes videos including Gio’s impressive pancake tossing skills! They also offer hot and cold drinks and were recently featured in the Lincoln Coffee Guide which I also worked on (see the blog about that here).
Giovanni who runs the business told me how they are coping at the moment.
“I understand everyone’s worried about going out into public places but I’ve been in the supermarkets this morning and everyone doesn’t seem to worried about getting too close there so I hope people understand where small businesses are coming from when they want to stay open and needing support from the local community.
“We are heeding Government advice and providing our normal service while taking all the necessary precautions. We’ll keep our doors open until it’s not worth it or we’re told otherwise. So as long as we get people going into local businesses and supporting independents like Bar Unico, we’ll continue to operate while it’s safe to do so.
We’ll update our website and social media regarding opening times and what we can deliver.
You can support Bar Unico by popping in for a drink or ordering a meal for takeaway or delivery.. They are on St Benedict’s Square, just off the High Street near the war memorial
In Focus is a free service for any small business that is still operating during the outbreak and the best way to be involved is to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and what you’re still doing to keep business going. I hope to show people what’s out there in the local community and help people through these testing times
Akēdo is Lincoln’s first gaming bar, owned by Toby Rovezzano. It opened in 2016 and offers customers the ability to play console games new and old with friends, all whilst having a few beers available from their bar. Toby took time out to chat with me about the current outlook for Akēdo.
Mamma’s if a family run Italian bistro in the Carlton Centre. Owned by Sharon and Roger Day. They serve pizzas pastas and sandwiches and as well as favourites like Sunday lunches (available as a takeaway!) I sat down with one of the owners Sharon Day to get her take on the impact to her business.
Reacting to recent events, Sam Owen and his team have launched a non-profit emergency meal service for over 65’s. They’re offering delivery of three meals a day, seven days a week for £20 to anyone in and around Lincoln. I got to sit down with Sam to hear about it and what he thinks of the current situation.