A new look at the Ginesi shop. This old
photograph shows the shop in Market Square and how it would
have looked to a customer. From left to right are:
15-year-old Dominic Ginesi, his father Frank Ginesi, Charlie
Nicoletti, who owned a family business in Dromore, a girl
who worked in JB Skellys, Dominic's brother Joe Ginesi and
Mrs Rooney who worked in the business.
AN old photograph of Ginesi's Fish and Chip
Shop has provided yet another insight into the renowned family
business, which is still thought of fondly by the people of
The picture, which shows the business from
the angle a customer would have seen it, is one which has never
before been seen by the public, and Dominic Ginesi, the last
remaining Ginesi son in the area, brought the Ulster Star the
photo in order to take readers down memory lane.
Ginesi's, as it was widely known as, was
officially called The Classic Supper Saloon and was based at 25
The business opened as an ice cream parlour
in the 1930s when Dominic's father, Frank Ginesi, arrived in
Lisburn, before he turned his attention to his famous fish and
Frank Ginesi, who was born in Italy, moved to
Lisburn from England in the 1930s, and the family business
remained open until the mid 1960s when it closed due to Frank's
Speaking about the family business, Dominic
said: "Ginesi's was popular with everyone. I still meet people
in Lisburn who say 'there'll never be anyone make fish and chips
as good as your father.'
"People will never forget how good it was,"
he continued. "It as a nutritious meal for people from Lisburn
because times were hard then."
Dominic added: "I remember the fryers ran
from coal fires, we had a three pan range and there was a coal
fire under each one. You can see the old till and the vinegar
bucket in this photo, as well as were we did the washing up and
the shelves for the dishes; this is how it looked to the
customer. "As the last remaining son in the area I would like to
thank all those past customers of ours for their support of my
family in those days. My brother Victor's son carried on the
Ginesi Fish and Chip Shop in Ballynahinch, so the tradition
still lives on in the younger generation."