After extensive renovations, Edinburgh’s famous Globetrotter fish bar at Bruntsfield Place has reappeared as Saltwater.
The new chippy, which has been around for generations, reopened on Tuesday to once again welcome its loyal clientele.
Owner Giuseppe Crolla said the name change was made following the retirement of his father, Fernando, who blessed the bold move.
In addition to the name change, the Crollas have decorated the restaurant with brand new furniture and a new coat of paint. Staff equipment has also been upgraded and the family has invested in a separate deep fryer to accommodate gluten-free customers.
His family serving fish dinners since 1964, when his Picinisco-born grandfather opened a store in Marchmont, Mr Crolla, 40, told the Evening News that he felt it was time for “a new one. departure”.
He said: “I know Globetrotter has been here for a long time, but we thought it was time for a change.
“I worked with my father for 25 years and he kept the name because he loved it, but when he retired he told me it was time for me to put my name on it. own footprint.
“We’re very proud of what we’re doing, and I really think we now have a better product, from the look of the place to the investment in a new fryer to cater for gluten-free customers. My wife is celiac and I know how difficult it is to find a suitable place to eat. “
Mr Crolla added: “Customers seem satisfied, although many people have come to check to see if the same family is still running the business – we reassured them.
Author and former Scottish athletics champion Peter Hoffmann attended Boroughmuir High School in the early 1970s and was a regular at fish and chips when it was owned by Alfred De Angelis.
Still a frequent visitor to the chip shop when in Edinburgh, Mr Hoffmann, 65, who now lives in West Dunbartonshire, says the new name doesn’t bother him, but thinks he will have a hard time getting by. refer to it as something other than “the Globe”.
He said: “I kept a lot of diaries and journals in my youth, and the Globetrotter is featured regularly.
“In the ’70s we also had the International, which was a top notch chippy at Gilmore Place, but the Globetrotter was still the trump card.
“I don’t think it will have much of an impact on the number of customers or anything like that, but I can hardly see myself saying Saltwater instead ‘the Globie’.”
One of the most famous customers of fish & chips is crime writer Ian Rankin. In a tweet published in 2019, the author of Rebus even revealed that it was his favorite Edinburgh chippy.
Responding to the name change, Mr. Rankin said, “As far as I know, the same family will run the new restaurant and that’s what matters most to me.
“As long as they’re still making my favorite fish supper in town, I’ll be happy.”