Sheesh! Kebab man’s name is Mr Doner

Mr and Mrs Doner - made for the job
Mr and Mrs Doner - made for the job

WHAT a pitta it would be if the licence for Brackley’s Millenium Kebab Van wasn’t renewed.

Because owner Veli Doner has the perfect name for the business.

Mr Doner took over the running of the van in Market Place ten years ago.

He now runs it with his wife, Filiz Doner, and their best seller is, of course, the doner kebab.

Last week Brackley Town Council gave its observations on an application for the renewal of the businesses street trading licence.

A decision will eventually be made by South Northants District Council.

Doner kebabs are in the blood of the Doners.

The couple, who live in the town, have run the van in Market Place for the last six years after renting a plot near the Springfields Leisure Centre. They also spent three years serving the people of Towcester from a plot near the White Bear pub, where Mr Doner’s car earned him the nickname Sunny.

Mr Doner said: “I love my job, my father was a kebab man in Turkey. From an early age, maybe 10 years old, I learned from him.

“He passed away last August but he had lived to 110 years old.

“But everyone says something about our family name, it makes me happy to make people smile.”

Mrs Doner said: “I love working every night, it’s not just for money, we love Brackley and we love Brackley people, they are really nice and we will be staying in Brackley.”

The couple met while working in restaurant in Turkey and married 12 years ago and now have a three year old son called Deniz who is already being groomed to take over the family business.

Mr Doner said he would rather not reveal how many kebabs he sold each week, but regular customers have no doubts about why their business continues to thrive.

Lorry driver Simon Young from Newcastle said he has been diverting himself through Brackley for around five years after accidentally discovering the kebab van.

Mr Young chuckled when he found out he had been eating a Doner doner and added: “I come out of my way because it’s a lovely kebab and the service is fantastic, they always remember you and know what you want.”

Millennium Kebab Van is also a five star rated example of the nationwide Food Hygiene Rating Scheme launched this month by district councils, and replaces the Scores on the Doors scheme.