News WrapGet Handpicked Stories from our editors directly to your mailbox

DiCaprio delights fans at Scottish restaurant set up to help homeless

The Home eatery in the Scottish capital runs a four-year programme to provide training and employment to homeless people. Photograph:( Getty )

Edinburgh, United Kingdom Nov 18, 2016, 12.11 PM (IST)

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio arrived to a cheering welcome on Thursday at a restaurant in Scotland's Edinburgh set up to help the homeless.

The Home restaurant opened in September as part of a broader initiative to support homeless people. The Oscar-winning actor signed autographs for fans.

The Home eatery in the Scottish capital is the latest venture in the Social Bite scheme, which has establishments in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, and runs a four-year programme to provide training and employment to homeless people, news agency AFP reported.

The restaurant with a French and Scottish menu was set up by restaurateur Dean Gassabi and entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn.

Biffy Mackay one of the beneficiaries who helped prepare DiCaprio's meal said she had been nervous about his visit.

"He was so nice, so down to earth. I told him I've loved him since I was nine and that I did a project about him at school. He said 'that's so cool'," Mackay, 28, said, reported AFP.

Elise Lovell won a competition to join the actor for lunch and described the experience as "quite surreal but a fantastic couple of hours". She said that the actor "kind of laughed and said it was definitely a shock to a lot of people" when the topic of Donald Trump's win in the US presidential elections came up during lunch.

DiCaprio was due to speak at the Scottish Business Awards later in the evening.

Geroge Clooney visited a sandwich shop last year run under the same Social Bite initiative.

(With inputs from AFP)