A driver who was trying to manoevre into a ‘parking plaice’ accidentally ploughed her car into a popular Doncaster fish restaurant.
Diners at Harry’s Fish Bar and Restaurant on High Street, Dunsville, were shocked when the car hit the front of the packed eatery while they were tucking into their fish and chips.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at about 9.15pm on Monday, but the damage has meant Harry’s has been forced to close temporarily.
Parts of the wall have buckled, cracks can be seen from floor to ceiling and skirting boards splintered into pieces.
Owner Harry Raouna said it was lucky no one had been hurt.
He was in the building at the time and told The Star a female driver had been parking outside the restaurant when she accidently hit the wall.
He said he thought her foot may have slipped, hitting the accelerator rather than the brake.
He said: “People were eating their fish and chips when it happened. There was a man in the corner who almost had a heart attack he was so shocked.
“She came in to say sorry, she must have said it 100 times. She was crying. But what can you do, it was an accident.
“This is a family business so we will lose money and the staff were so upset, they will lose wages. I can’t believe it.”
Harry called in builders, who came to the restaurant straight away.
He said he plans to reopen next weekend but hopes it will be sooner as his staff are missing out on much-needed wages.
“The restaurant doesn’t just support one family, it supports many,” he said.
“We have people working in the takeaway and the restaurant, there’s lots of staff.”
This is the second piece of bad luck for the chip shop in just two weeks, after a store room was broken into.
Thieves knocked a hole in the wall with hammers and stole wine and beer in the early hours of the morning.
Harry said: “It’s crazy, two things in two weeks. I was robbed and now this. I need to make my money back.”