Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…
Customers have reacted with shock after the well-known manager of a Boston fish and chips shop suddenly left the business only months after it opened.
Sezgin Cilek, known locally as Sam, was a popular figure behind the counter of Sam’s Traditional Fish and Chip Restaurant, which opened in July this year.
His departure, which was announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Wednesday, September 11, left people shocked, with people wondering what has happened.
The owner of the restaurant says it had been Sam’s decision to leave and he hoped to see him come back some day and in the meantime would move forward with plans to expand.
Customer’s can’t believe it.
“Very sad for all concerned but wish both Sam and the restaurant all the best for the future,” wrote one customer on Facebook.
“So sad it will not be the same with out Sam I would like to wish him all the very best for the future in whatever he feels he needs to do. Good luck and good bye my old friend,” added another.
“He’s the best this town has got and to be honest you will struggle now. I hope you don’t, however customers came to you from knowing Sam. You can get Gordon Ramsay in but theres only one Sam!” another customer wrote.
Dergin Tiritoglu, 42, who runs the business with his uncle, said the company had not forced Sam out and called some of the responses on social media “unfair”.
“We hired Sam as the manager of the place,” he said. “Obviously things didn’t pan out, but as far as I’m concerned there’s no hard feelings.
“We didn’t tell him to go and I said when he decided to leave that our door was always open for him to come back.
“We’ve received some bullying and hurtful comments from people. We admire people’s loyalty to Sam, but are asking for fair and unbiased comments.”
As part of plans moving forward Sam’s Fish and Chips is set to be re-branded as Captain Cod and a more varied menu will be introduced.
“This place was called Captain Cod before, we just want to go back,” Mr Teritoglu said. “We’ve got a really fresh restaurant and we want to offer an expanded menu that’s accommodating of different dietary requirements.
“This includes vegetarians and vegans – speaking to some people with those requirements, I know a lot of them struggle with missing fish and chips.
“We don’t want to just be a small Fish and Chips Takeaway – we’ll be applying for a licence to sell alcohol in time.”
Mr Tiritoglu said the re-branding of the shop is set to take place on Sunday, September 22, and a new chef, who had been working there while Sam took time off, would be adapting the new menu.
“We’ve hired Ozzy, who is a very experienced chef – he’s worked in very good, high quality fish and chips places in London,” he said.
“We are looking at the future and leave past behind, we will continue to serve good quality food, including the home made recipes to have them as our signature dishes.”