MORE than £700 has been raised for three Alnwick events at the opening of a new restaurant in the town.
Robert Peruzzo opened Di Sopra, the former Piccolino’s restaurant, in Bondgate Within on Friday night in aid of Alnwick Food Festival, Alnwick International Music Festival and the town’s Christmas lights.
A special buffet was put on, with customers paying £10 per adult and £5 per child to enjoy a taste of what the new restaurant will have on offer.
And it was such a success that Roberto, who also owns Caffé Tirreno and Prima Deli in the town, had to turn people away when it reached capacity.
In total, £780 was raised, meaning each charity received £260.
Roberto said: “I am very supportive of the three events which take place and they rely on sponsorship so I decided to have the first night for them and help make people realise that these things happen in Alnwick.”
Alnwick Food Festival director Karen Larkin said: “It was a lovely evening and it was very kind of Roberto to host such an event on their first night.
“Alnwick Food Festival is very grateful for the support Roberto has given in the past and we wish him all the success in the future.”
Alan Symmonds, chairman of Alnwick International Music Festival, added: “It was an excellent night and a good start to the opening of a new and potentially exciting restaurant.
“I think the fact that Roberto was supporting the three causes was the icing on the cake of a very enjoyable night.”
And Gordon Castle, chairman of Alnwick Christmas Lights Committee, said: “Roberto has shown commitment to the town.
“He is not just a good businessman but a generous one as well.
“The Christmas Lights Committee is extremely grateful for the help at this time.
“It is very, very good of him to help all three groups.”