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Two chippies vie for £25,000 makeover

Two fish and chip shops are in the running to win a £25,000 makeover of their premises courtesy of online food delivery platform Deliveroo.

Surbiton Fish and Chips in Kingston-upon-Thames, south west London, and Mario's Plaice in Glasgow have made the shortlist after being chosen by a panel of judges from over 500 restaurants that entered. They are joined by four further restaurants including a Mexican and an Indian.

Surbiton Fish and Chips has been open since 1984, making it the oldest, established fish and chips shop in Kingston-upon-Thames. If it wins, owner Xiaoniu Yuan - known locally as ‘Hank' - wants to give half the money to schools in the local community and use the other half to change the tables in the restaurant.

Mario's Plaice is run by a family of third generation friers and offers classics in addition to battered Mars bars and battered pizza. If it wins, it will be installing a new frying range.

Deliveroo is now calling on Brits to vote for the restaurant they believe should win the restaurant makeover competition at by the end of today (Thursday 8th August).

Deliveroo's Restaurant Makeover project was launched to support independent restaurants and the Great British highstreet.

Justin Landsberger, commercial director at Deliveroo, said: "We're really excited to launch this competition and give independent restaurants around the UK the chance to win an exciting £25,000 makeover project. The shortlist includes six incredible restaurants with amazing stories and we're looking forward to seeing who our customers vote to win.”

Since Deliveroo launched in 2013 it has created 25,000 jobs in the UK restaurant industry, with 32% of these jobs being in the independent sector.

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