A historic family chip shop has changed hands for the first time in 121 years but it will be business as usual under new ownership.
Lemetti’s Fish and Chip Shop has become a landmark in Camelon’s Main Street over the years, having been established by Luigi Lemetti back in 1895 when he arrived from Italy via London.
Luigi’s grandson Joe, a former Falkirk councillor, took over the business from his father, also called Joe, and has been running it with his brother Michael for the last few years, but health issues concerning both brothers – Joe lost his leg a few years ago and now uses a wheelchair – have forced the family to sell up.
However, they could not have found better people to take on the shop. Gino and Gloria Notarangelo have helped to build up their own successful, award-winning family chippy La Gondola in Grangemouth over the years and like the Lemettis, are a well-known Italian family in the area.
Joe said: “Gino and Gloria have had experience running their own shop and that’s going to stand them in good stead. I’ve known Gloria’s family for years. Their shop in Grangemouth is now being run by their daughter.”
Joe has fond memories of the chip shop, which he confirmed will be keeping the Lemetti name under Gino and Gloria’s ownership.
“My dad was a bit of a guiser,” said Joe. “The chip shop was like a stage to him, where he would throw his voice and perform for the customers.”