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Crawley restaurant transforms into new Pizzeria



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Owner Yashar Koksal opened Hispalis Tapas Restaurant a couple of years ago but has made the decision to change it into an exciting new Pizzeria.

The new restaurant, called ‘Mio Gusto’ which means ‘My Taste’ in italian will open officially on the 11th march and will have a brand new look inside.

With walls taken down it will be all open planned and a brand new fresh look and appeal for its guests.

The menu will be all about Italian cuisine from hand made pizzas to fresh pasta made on-site along with an exciting à la carte menu.

In addition there will be live music and if you can’t hang around to dine within you will be able to use their new take-away service.

With the Rhythm nightclub upstairs and currently open on Fridays and Saturday nights, once the restuarant opens Yashar is then going to finish refurbing the other half of the club to make it a two room club.

Yashar said:

“This is about bringing something new and exciting to Crawley. With an exciting new venue and a nightclub for people to go and enjoy after they have eaten, this is the perfect place for people to come for a complete night out.”


Over £2m given to Crawley Council for discretionary business grants



Eligible Crawley businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.

This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website. The scheme will close on Sunday 13 December and the aim is to make payments as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible.

“If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”

Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at For more details on help available for businesses visit

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