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Gogglebox: 'I'm taking it day by day' Jad reveals his emotional decision to close his business

Gogglebox fans are devastated for Jad after he made a sad announcement about the future of his business.

The Gogglebox star revealed he is closing his restaurant, making most of his staff redundant and even shutting down the take-away option at The Picnic Burwood. 

The news comes as Jad reveals he is also putting a hold his new restaurant opening, Parramatta in the Park. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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But this isn't the end for the busy restauranter, as Jad is organising a new homemade food delivery service for fans of his restaurant.

"I'm just trying to keep my staff in a job," he says. "I'm feeling very upset, mixed emotions, really. But I had to shut the cafe down because its the best thing for community and for my staff.

"I wasn't comfortable with people still coming inside and getting takeaway. I feel like if we're going to follow restrictions we need to do it properly.

"And that's by not encouraging people to stay outside, it's encouraging people to stay inside.

"As we closed down, I thought we could still do more by making trays of homemade food for everyone who has no time, no food or can't make it to the shops."

Now taking orders through Instagram, Jad is delivering generous trays of vegetable lasagne, hearty green salads, sticky chicken and papaya salad, chicken casserole with baked veggies and tomato rice, middle eastern vegan bowl and vegetable curries. 

Two trays will cost $80 and will easily feed a family of 10.

While he's helping out his community, the Goggleboxer reveals it's not enough to keep him afloat, financially.

"I don't know what to do. I'm taking it day by day. I won't make money out of it, I've just got to pay my staff so they have some income through this."

Jad's priority is clearly to others, but he's still making sure he looks after his mental health: "I make sure I for for walks every night to clear my head, and FaceTiming my nephews always me happy."

He's also got people looking over him while he lives with his parents, who who are certainly keeping him in check. 

"My mum's a clean freak. She's chasing everyone with a broomstick and Dettol. As soon as someone touches a door handle, she's after them. But I'm glad, because every time I go outside I have my mums voice in my head saying, 'Wash your hands! Don't touch anything!' So it's a good reminder.

"I feel sorry for my dad. He's a bit older, he's a little bit sick but he's a very active guy.

"So if you try to tell him to stay at home, he's going nuts. I'm trying to hold off telling him he can't have BBQs because he's going to absolutely lose it," he tells.

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