End of an era as iconic Dundee chip shop to close after 64 years

An iconic chip shop is set for the “last supper” as it closes for the final time after 64 years.

Dora’s Fish and Chip shop on Dura Street, which has served thousands of customers since opening its doors in 1954, will close for the last time on Saturday June 30.

Owner Giulio Dora, 65, said his parents Peter and Matilde bought the shop after a “gentleman’s agreement” with Mr Forte, then proprietor of Forte’s Cafe.

Peter and Matilde Dora opened the chipper in 1954

But now Giulio, who grew up in Stobswell, is retiring after first entering the chipper at the age of one.

He served his first customer when he was nine and learned the trade from his parents, who also had premises in St Mary’s, Broughty Ferry and Barnhill.

In his time he has served the great and good both living in the city and passing through – from jute mill workers to Dundee FC legend Bobby Cox, wrestler George Kidd and pop idol Donny Osmond.

The traditional shop front

After a brief spell as a mechanic, Giulio returned to the family business in 1979, before buying the premises in 1981.

He said: “This hasn’t been a sudden decision.

“We will be sad to leave the customers after all their years of business, as well as the delivery drivers who have come in and out with our supplies over the years.

“The Dora family has been associated with fish and chips for about 130 years since the family moved here from a village in Italy called Rovinaglia.

“We have so many great memories of our time here.

Giulio Dora is shutting up shop.

“The former Dundee United manager Jim McLean used to come in and check the players weren’t eating fish and chips after training.”

Giulio added: “I’ve been amazed at the reaction from customers to us closing.

“We had some Brownies come in recently and they told me I couldn’t retire – I was welling up. I’ve worked 14 to 15-hour days as far back as I can remember and must have cut up thousands of tonnes of spuds in that time. My wife Linda might take bad with seeing more of me now that I’m retiring.

“I would like to thank all the staff, customers and businesses we have worked with during the years.”