OUR latest rummage in the Advertiser's archives has dug up this gem from 15 years ago, as we reported on the closure after 33 years of a popular Italian restaurant in Garelochhead.

Here's how we reported on Augusto Vitrano's retirement, and the restaurant's closure, in the Advertiser on June 3, 2004...

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MORE than 30 years of warm welcomes, excellent service and some of the finest spaghetti in the west of Scotland came to an end recently.

Augusto Italian Restaurant in Garelochhead closed its doors after 33 fantastic years on Saturday, May 29.

Owner Augusto Vitrano and his wife Sandra were surrounded by family and friends as they waved goodbye to the working life and hello to the easy chair.

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Sandra said: “We have had to have a few farewell nights as there wasn’t enough room for everyone to get in on one night.

“It has been a great experience and we will miss meeting all the different people who have come in over the years.“But this has always been Augusto’s baby and it has been lovely to be part of it.”

Augusto, who started the business as a fish and chip shop in 1971, told the Advertiser he is looking forward to relaxing.

“I was just in the greenhouse planting some basil and parsley so, as you can tell, I’m taking it easy,” he said.

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“I will have more time to play bowls with everyone at Garelochhead Bowling Club and I will get the chance to go out on my bike a lot more.

“I would like to say a very special thank you to all the customers and friends who have always been so faithful to us and the restaurant.

“They have always been so supportive, so thank you all.”