Car crashes through front of Doncaster restaurant in early hours of Monday - just 24 hours after similar collision at town centre pub

This was the damage to a Doncaster restaurant last night after a second incident of a car crashing through the front of a building in 24 hours.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 3:25 pm

A vehicle smashed through the glass frontage of Relish Bar and Grill on East Laith Gate in the town centre in the early hours of today, just 24 hours after a car crashed through the front of the Doncaster Tap, on Young Street.

Last night's incident is understood to have happened after a collision involving two cars, and thought to be unrelated to the Young Street collision.

Relish owner Paul Moullali heard about the incident from police in a phone call at around 1.30am, about an hour after the collision.

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The damage at Relish

The car had left the road and the front of the vehicle was inside the restaurant.

No one is believed to have been seriously injured, and the restaurant was empty at the time.

Mr Moullali said: “I got a phone call from the police last night to say what had happened. It’s been a nightmare, really. But the main thing is that no one has been injured.

"We had recently started refurbishing ahead of re-opening next month. We had just finished work on the floor, and that will have to be re-done after this.

The damage at Relish

“Theres is a lot of damage, where he has gone through the window. It went right through the window, and the car’s lights were inside the restaurant.

"It is a cosmetic problem – you just dread to think what would have happened if we were open.”

He said Relish would still re-open on May 17. It has been undergoing a major refurbishment including improving the ladies toilets, french polishing the bar, new flooring and new lighting.

"It is a case of keep calm and carry on, said Mr Moullali. “We are getting ready and looking forward to welcoming customers back on May 17.”

The damage at Relish

He said he has been concerned about the speed of vehicles on East Laith Gate for some time and felt traffic calming measures were needed.

"Perhaps bollards should be put on that corner?”. he said. “I think something needs to be done on that road.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said they were investigating a road traffic collision outside Relish involving two vehicles. “Police are making further inquiries,” he said.

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