The wait for the long-anticipated opening of a "unique" and "classy" Turkish restaurant is over.

Lavash, meaning bread, has opened its doors in Lowestoft with the mayor, Sonia Barker, cutting the ribbon with shop owner Ozzy Top.

Mr Top, 41, will run the restaurant with his family from Bodrum, a city on the south-west coast of Turkey.

They have run Turkish restaurants for over 25 years and previously had restaurants in Clacton and Walton-on-the-Naze.

Lowestoft Journal: Mayor Sonia Barker and restaurant owner Ozzy Top (middle) with the team of staffMayor Sonia Barker and restaurant owner Ozzy Top (middle) with the team of staff (Image: Mick Howes)
"We are very happy to be now open and we have always wanted to bring something new to the town," Mr Top said.  

"We are pleased and thrilled to have the mayor's support who kindly came down to officially open us earlier."

Lowestoft Journal: Inside Lavash in LowestoftInside Lavash in Lowestoft (Image: Mick Howes)It has taken between four and five months to refurbish the restaurant including improving the kitchen.

Mr Top is proud of five unique plaster wall decorations completed by a specialist artist called ‘Gunaydim‘ who came over from Turkey to do the work.

Lowestoft Journal: The detailed plastering inside the restaurantThe detailed plastering inside the restaurant (Image: Mick Howes)Lowestoft Journal: Detailed plaster inside Lavash in LowestoftDetailed plaster inside Lavash in Lowestoft (Image: Mick Howes)Lowestoft Journal: Seating area inside of LavashSeating area inside of Lavash (Image: Mick Howes)READ MORE: Sisters 'delighted' to reopen Norfolk town's only dentist six months after closure

These depict historic scenes including Ephesus - the most important Greek city in Ionian Asia Minor, the ruins of which lie near the village of Selƈuk in western Turkey.

He said: "We have worked really hard to decorate, we tried our best to keep it a secret from the town for as long as we could, which was difficult.

"The guy who decorated and did the plaster lives in Turkey and came over to create an authentic Turkish historic style and pattern to the walls of our restaurant.

"The plaster with the bricks creates a historic feel and it is very unique and we are very proud.

"We welcome the people of the town to come and try a classy Turkish experience." 

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Mr Top has installed an open charcoal grill approach to cooking where the customers can see their meals being cooked.

The restaurant, with two rooms, has a capacity of 100 - 150 customers and is ideal for parties, events and special occasions as well as for couples and families.

The restaurant's address is 95-98 High St, Lowestoft, NR32 1XW.