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NEW CRYSTAL: Beloved Berkhamsted kebab shop owners retiring after more than 20 years

 Published on: 30th October 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

The owners of a beloved kebab shop in the heart of Berkhamsted have announced they are retiring after more than 21 years.

Aktay and Ozzie, owners of New Crystal Kebab on the High Street, have decided to retire passing on the shop to a set of new owners.

This announcement sparked an outpouring of love from the Berkhamsted community with more than 600 people liking the post on Facebook.

In a message shared on Facebook, the New Crystal family wrote: “On behalf of everyone at New Crystal Kebab, we would like to thank everyone for your continued support.

“New Crystal has now been taken over by new owners who will do some renovation work for a couple of weeks (plus a change of menu) and will be back open for business again.

“We hope that you will be able to support the new owners as you have done my uncles over the years.

“We have met some wonderful people over the years, many of whom we hope to keep in touch with. My uncles will promise to remain regulars in Berkhamsted (particularly in the pubs) and at the end of the night, will enjoy being on the other side of the counter at Crystal.”

Berkhamsted resident Darius Morgan said it will be sad to see the owners go.

He said: “It’s a sad day for all Berkhamstodians. New Crystal have shut their doors and we’re all left bereft. Both the staff and the food of New Crystal will be sorely missed in the town, and I wish the team all the best in whatever comes next for them. RIP that sweet Chicken Shish.”

The new owners have renovated the shop and reopened as a family-run takeaway called Crystal Mangal on October 26.

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