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Entrepreneur opens UK's first kebab shop on a double-decker bus

An enterprising restaurateur has opened what might be one of the UK's most unique restaurants - a kebab shop on a double-decker bus.

Published: February 17, 2020
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Tucking into a doner on board a London bus would normally bring groans from fellow passengers, but it's positively encouraged at Last Stop Kebab in Edmonton, in north London.

The bus themed Turkish restaurant can seat 40 customers at a time, and the onboard experience includes the original TfL moquette designs on the seats.

There were only 20 days between when ambitious owner Firat Amara first thought of the idea to renovate a former Tansport for London double-decker bus and when he bought it on December 20.

From there it was hard work to transform it into a place fit for dining and it took two months to get everything ready.

Farit and his team. Picture: SWNS

Firat and two colleagues had to remove some seats, remove the engine and the back tyres to allow space for tables, chairs, a kitchen and the all-important doner kebab machine.

The gas, electricity and water needed to run the business comes from the supermarket Fnext door that Firat part-owns.

The 41-year-old was very coy about the bus he bought in London and did not want to reveal how much he had paid for it.

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"That's a secret," he chuckled.

"It cost me a lot of money but I don't want to say how much I spent on it.

"I thought, everything is running on social media.

"If I get a double-decker bus then people will share it on Instagram, be interested to come and will use it as an advert."

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He was not wrong, so far videos of the creative concept have been liked more than 450,000 times on social media and people are travelling from all over London to experience the service themselves.

Firat said: "That's what we wanted and that's what we want and deserve.

"All day we've been busy and haven't been stopped, I hope that carries on.

"We are so happy because we did something and people are giving good appreciation."

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