Restaurant chain – Boatshed Restaurant http://boatshed-restaurant.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:13:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Restaurant chain – Boatshed Restaurant http://boatshed-restaurant.com/ 32 32 India’s Largest Hungarian Cuisine Restaurant Chain ‘Kurtosshhh’ is Spreading Its Wings in South India and Launching a New Outlet in Cochin http://boatshed-restaurant.com/indias-largest-hungarian-cuisine-restaurant-chain-kurtosshhh-is-spreading-its-wings-in-south-india-and-launching-a-new-outlet-in-cochin/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:13:00 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/indias-largest-hungarian-cuisine-restaurant-chain-kurtosshhh-is-spreading-its-wings-in-south-india-and-launching-a-new-outlet-in-cochin/



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Cochin (Kerala) [India], June 29 (ANI/PNN): With “Wanderlust” now part of everyone’s Instagram biography, people are beyond curious and excited to satiate their taste buds with new cuisines. And India’s largest Hungarian cuisine restaurant chain, “Kurtosshhh”, is a big winner in populating Hungarian cuisine in the country.
Run by Karishma Anadkat, “Kurtosshhh” is already a “favorite” restaurant for foodies across the country, with its major presence in major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kakinada, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Valsad, Vapi, Mumbai, Lucknow. and Nagpur. While the popular restaurant chain “Kurtosshhh” has conquered almost half of the country with its delicious specialties, “Kurtosshhh” is ready to conquer “God’s country”, Kerala, with its new launch!
At the launch of her new store in Cochin, Kerala, ‘Kurtosshhh’ Founder and Director Karishma Anadkat said, “We are extremely excited to bring Hungarian cuisine to the mystical land of Kerala. ‘Kurtosshhh’ is already a household name in the country. , with over 18 franchises across India in just 2 years. We are thrilled to bring our iconic “Hungarian Kurtos Kalacs” to the amazing people of Kerala. We are determined to deliver the allure exotic Hungarian cuisine adapted to the Indian palate for every part of the country. If food is the best part of life, why deprive yourself of having the best?

Commenting on the restaurant chain’s phenomenal growth over the past two years, Karishma added, “‘Kurtosshhh’ was instituted while on vacation in the enchanting city of Budapest, Hungary. I was immediately drawn to the delicious cuisine especially the “Kurtos” which laid the groundwork for creating a revolution in the Indian F&B industry. and we have a loyal customer base of over 2 million and 18 franchises. We affirm our belief in being the nation’s leading restaurant chain.”
People of Kerala can now relish the appetizing dishes of Hungarian cuisine such as “Chimney Cake”, “Mac n Cheese”, “Pizza Kurtosshhh”, “Kartoos Kurtosshhh”, “Rice Bowls”, “Mac n Cheese”, “Classic Indian Kurtosshhh,’ and much more!Kurtosshhh continues to win hearts with its Indianized take on classic Hungarian cuisine across India and now invites you to Cochin.
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Opening of a chain of Greek restaurants at the Village Shopping Center http://boatshed-restaurant.com/opening-of-a-chain-of-greek-restaurants-at-the-village-shopping-center/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 08:04:11 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/opening-of-a-chain-of-greek-restaurants-at-the-village-shopping-center/

“It feels good to be open and serving the West End,” said Ibo Pinar, owner of Bell Greek. (Photo courtesy of Ibo Pinar)

A chain of local Mediterranean restaurants has opened its latest location in the area.

Bell Greek recently debuted at 7011 Three Chopt Road in the West End’s Village mall.

It is Bell’s third Greek outpost for owners Ibo Pinar and his wife, Ashley, joining their other locations in Midlothian and Chester.

They rented the space last August, looking to take advantage of the lack of Greek food in this part of town. They had hoped to open earlier, but faced permit and construction delays.

Ibo Pinar owns Bell Greek with his wife, Ashley. (BizSense File Photo)

“It took a long time, of course,” Pinar said. “It feels good to be open and serving the West End.”

Although he declined to share the cost of the investment, renovations to the 2,200 square foot space were done virtually from scratch. Formerly Moe’s Southwest Grill, the property had some of the necessary infrastructure, Pinar said, but repairs and upgrades were needed.

Due to the pandemic, he estimates that construction costs have increased by 30-40% during this period, forcing the company to invest more than initially planned.

Among the upgrades, Pinar pushed back the storefront to create a patio space when there was none. Now, the newer Bell Greek can accommodate between 50 and 60 people, with around eight to 14 more people able to eat outside. It’s the only property on the Strip to offer patio seating.

The restaurant is the only venue on the Strip with patio seating, an addition Pinar made by rolling back the window. (Photo courtesy of Ibo Pinar)

While Pinar plans to focus his energy on the new space, he will be helped by a partner and manager to run the other two restaurants, at 11307 Polo Place in Midlothian and 11360 Iron Bridge Road in Chester.

Food will remain consistent between each restaurant, thanks to a collection of recipes that serve as the backbone of Bell’s Greek dishes. Many tastes are created in-house, with the restaurant’s marinated chicken and beef souvlaki for at least 24 hours.

Pinar expects the new restaurant to be occupied by students during their summer vacation, but said the company is still hiring.

The couple bought Bell Greek in 2015, though Pinar’s restaurant career goes back further. Between 2002 and 2011, he was the franchisee of 10 Qdoba Mexican Eats across Virginia.

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The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain is testing express lanes in the United States http://boatshed-restaurant.com/the-chick-fil-a-restaurant-chain-is-testing-express-lanes-in-the-united-states/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:25:04 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/the-chick-fil-a-restaurant-chain-is-testing-express-lanes-in-the-united-states/

The American fast food chain Chick-fil-A is test ‘Drive-Thru Express’, a dedicated lane to reduce waiting times for its customers.

With the launch of this new pilot, customers can place their orders in advance with the Chick-fil-A mobile app and use a dedicated lane to pick up their meals.

Jonathan Lassiter, Senior Manager of Service and Hospitality Team Integration at Chick-fil-A, said, “The Express Drive-Thru lane is a game-changer for our busy customers and our team members. .

“This latest innovation aims to help customers move quickly through the drive-thru by dedicating one of our drive-thru lanes exclusively to mobile order pickup, creating a simpler experience for customers ordering on the Chick-fil-A app on the go. .”

Currently, Drive-Thru Express is available at nearly 60 participating restaurants in the United States, with plans to roll out the service to more locations in 2023 after additional testing.

The restaurant chain said customers can select a restaurant location and choose the “Drive-Thru Express” option, if available at that restaurant, before placing their order.

Once the customer arrives at the restaurant location, they can follow the signs to the express lane, use the app to scan a QR code in the dedicated lane, and receive their order from a restaurant team member , the company said.

Lassiter added, “We see this as a way to serve customers more efficiently and give them more control over their experience.

“The longest part of our drive-thru ordering process is the brief wait for your order to be taken. The Express Lane dramatically reduces order and payment times, allowing customers to access faster, easier and convenience when they want it most.

The catering company noted that its new pilot aims to significantly reduce wait times, as it only processes prepaid orders.

Chick-fil-A noted that customers can still place their order with a member of the restaurant team in other drive-thru lanes, use the inside counter or dine in, where available.

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Calling all Hooter girls: Saskatoon women apply for famous restaurant chain http://boatshed-restaurant.com/calling-all-hooter-girls-saskatoon-women-apply-for-famous-restaurant-chain/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:13:00 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/calling-all-hooter-girls-saskatoon-women-apply-for-famous-restaurant-chain/

Women in Saskatoon are taking the opportunity to apply for a job that’s a little different from the average service position.

Katelyn Dreaver said she thinks it would be “such a fun experience” to be a Hooter Girl at the new Saskatoon location, which is scheduled to open July 25.

“I hate going to jobs that I just don’t like and I think that’s something I would really really enjoy,” she said outside JT’s Bar and Grill, just before entering. to apply and “audition” for the role.

This casting call still generally sounds like a typical interview — sitting down with General Manager Raleen Bowles to discuss the job title, hours, and discussing whether someone is a good fit for the role — but to call it that is a nod. look at the extra effort the Hooters Girls are going, according to Bowles.

“What we’re looking for are girls who have really good personalities,” Bowles said. “Hooters is a very fun place to work and the girls have great attitudes and they are very interactive with customers.”

This is why the girls hired are not waitresses, they are “entertainers”.

Bowles said the girls interact with customers as soon as they walk through the door, not just taking their order and bringing them their food and the bill at the end of the night. A dash of song may also be needed on some nights — although Bowles said choreography isn’t part of the lineup.

After spending five weeks in Atlanta learning from the Hooters staff there, Bowles said she was impressed with how fun and friendly the staff were and how some special events seemed to involve the whole restaurant – facilitated by the artists.

“We’re looking for Hooter Girls,” Bowles said.

This experience, the people, and working alongside other girls is something that made Dreaver apply.

“Being around a group of girls who are just like you would honestly be a great experience,” the 21-year-old said.

While her family is more shy, Dreaver said she’s always been more outgoing. She doesn’t have any serving experience yet, but she’s worked in retail and done “everything but waitress.”

It’s the opposite for Stéphanie Daoust, who spent 16 years in the service industry.

When asked why she wanted to apply, Daoust’s answer was simple: “Why not?

“I love being a server, I love high tempo, I love entertaining and being in the industry,” she said.

This industry can sometimes be difficult. Daoust said it can take “thick skin” at times, but said Hooters seemed like a great place to work.

Bowles said the hiring process will take a few weeks, likely until early July. Originally from Saskatoon, the executive director is happy with the “stable” applications she receives and does not expect to have any problems filling a large list of staff.

“We’re open to anything or anyone when it comes to a Hooter Girl performer or a Hooter Girl bartender,” Bowles said.

“We want to hire people, get to know them and make sure they are what we are looking for.

Once management selects the girls with the “bright personalities” they are looking for, Bowles said the girls will be brought back to do an orientation and uniforms process, teaching the girls how to approach the Hooter Girl look.

Hired women will learn how to present themselves – their hair and makeup and how to wear the uniform – as well as how they should interact with customers and how to prepare the cocktails on the restaurant menu.

For Dreaver, that signature white logo tank top and orange shorts are one of the selling points of the job.

“Honestly, I love it; it’s so me,” she laughs.

With the concept and image of a Hooter Girl being the primary focus, Bowles said management would also bring in trainers — America’s top Hooter Girls — to spend a week with the new staff and help train them. These girls are also expected to hang around during the restaurant’s opening days.

As important as that concept is, however, Bowles stressed that what will get him to hire someone are “great personalities.”

“People have this concept (that it’s all about the look) but that’s not necessarily what Hooters is,” she said.

Hooters Saskatoon owner and operator Jim Tomas added that people’s perceptions of the restaurant aren’t always accurate. He said the restaurant is family friendly and open to children of all ages.

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UK restaurant chain submits plan to take over Llandudno retail unit http://boatshed-restaurant.com/uk-restaurant-chain-submits-plan-to-take-over-llandudno-retail-unit/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 09:57:49 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/uk-restaurant-chain-submits-plan-to-take-over-llandudno-retail-unit/

A restaurant chain has submitted plans to open a site in Llandudno. Loungers had previously hoped to bring the brand to the former Marks and Spencer satellite store on Mostyn Street.

After initially being rejected by planners in 2019, a modified plan was given the green light, but with the pandemic affecting the hospitality industry, the chain withdrew its plan in 2021. Last month, North Wales Live revealed that the mark were now looking for staff in Llandudno although they would not comment on the plans.

Now although an application has been submitted for a site on Gloddaeth Street – currently occupied by retailer M&Co. They say the retailer is leaving and looking for alternative locations in the city. M&Co was invited to comment.

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Loungers said the proposal would ‘improve the provision of food and drink establishments in Llandudno town centre’. Bosses added that the restaurant would create new jobs – with up to 30 roles – and bring significant investment into the site.

The brand was founded in 2002 by a trio of longtime friends, Dave Reid, Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop after years in the restaurant and bar business. The chain has over 200 locations across the UK and offers a café, bar and restaurant experience with an eccentric cocktail menu and a wide range of food and drink.

The first North Wales location opened in Prestatyn in 2018 – followed by a restaurant in Bangor in early 2019.

]]> Chowman, Kolkata’s famous Chinese restaurant chain, debuts in Delhi NCR http://boatshed-restaurant.com/chowman-kolkatas-famous-chinese-restaurant-chain-debuts-in-delhi-ncr/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 18:03:25 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/chowman-kolkatas-famous-chinese-restaurant-chain-debuts-in-delhi-ncr/

After marking his territory through Kolkata and Bengaluru, Chowman embarked on Delhi. Strategically located in the bustling hub of East Kailash and Sector 18 of Noida, it is poised to bring the Chinese food narrative to the capital with authentic flavors of China. Both of these food outlets also feature Chowman’s signature decor with an elegant red and black color scheme surrounded by soft lighting as well as the bronze Buddha statue, pots and bells which are all carefully assembled for a soothing ambience. .

Delhi’s foodies can feast on the robust flavors of Chinese delicacies with their signature dishes of seafood, squid, crab, lamb and pork delicacies. Chowman offers a sumptuous range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies to suit all taste buds, from wine and crabmeat soup to vegetarian starters like Konjee Crispy Three Treasure Mushroom, Chilli Crispy Corn and select starters. non-vegetarian classics like honey-glazed ribs. , Golden Fried Fish, Mountain Chili Squid and Char Sui Lamb.

The main course of the oriental menu includes stir-fried seafood noodles, fried rice with egg whites, drunken chicken, sliced ​​pork in sweet chili sauce and other dishes.

Commenting on the launch, Debaditya Chaudhury, Managing Director of Chowman Hospitality Pvt. ltd. said, “There is no end to the pride bubbling inside me seeing Kolkata’s favorite best Chinese destination entering Delhi. My friends and acquaintances in Delhi who had tasted Chinese from Chowman for many years wanted me to expand here.

Chowman will also offer online delivery outside of Swiggy and Zomato, with amazing discounts and offers exclusively available on the Chowman app.

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Address: D Block, East of Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi 110065. Also at No. 33, J Block, Sector 18, Noida, Uttar Pradesh – 201301

Cost for two: 899/- + tax

Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Hotline: 18008902150

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How to take advantage of the restaurant chain’s 50th anniversary offer http://boatshed-restaurant.com/how-to-take-advantage-of-the-restaurant-chains-50th-anniversary-offer/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 07:49:27 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/how-to-take-advantage-of-the-restaurant-chains-50th-anniversary-offer/

Popeyes celebrates its 50th anniversary on Sunday by offering chicken dishes for less than a dollar. The fast-food chain announced that in honor of the restaurant’s opening on June 12, 1972, it would be giving away two pieces of chicken for 59 cents. The latest offer is the original price when Popeyes opened.

In 1972, founder Alvin C. Copeland Sr. opened a restaurant in New Orleans called Chicken on the Run. According to the chain’s official website, it served traditional Southern fried chicken. Promoting the restaurant with the original name proved to be a task, so Copeland Sr. decided to rename it Popeyes.

The name comes from Popeye Doyle, a character played by actor Gene Hackman in the 1971 film The French connection.


Popeyes is offering the chicken for 59 cents via website and app

From June 12 to June 19, customers can purchase two pieces of chicken (bone-in) for 59 cents. This can be redeemed with a minimum purchase of five dollars on the restaurant’s official website or mobile app. The offer is only available to those who pay through the website or app. Those who don’t yet have the app can download it to their phone.

To get through the restaurant’s minimum requirement of a five dollar order, customers can purchase the Big Box Deal, which is six dollars. The meal includes your choice of fried chicken (which can be bone-in or tender), two signature side dishes, and a buttermilk cookie.

The fried chicken chain teased the offer on its official Twitter account on Thursday. He read:

“Back in my young middle age of zero, the chicken was only 59 cents.”

Back in my young middle age of zero, chicken was only 59 cents #tbt

In a statement to Thrillist, the fast food chain explained how it remains a classic. They also explained their process for creating their “flagship chicken.” They said:

“The Popeyes brand’s Louisiana roots and bold Cajun flavors have set the brand apart, while staying true to the values ​​and recipes that have helped their iconic products stand the test of time. This includes culinary traditions like hand batter, hand breading and 12 hour marinade, all to create that unique crunch found on their flagship chicken. This commitment to quality chicken takes love.


The restaurant is making its way to the UK

As the fried chicken experts prepare to celebrate the anniversary, they will also be launching their Essex sit-down restaurant. The restaurant will be located at Stonebridge House in Chelmsford. It should open on Saturday, June 11. It should accommodate 46 people.

Speaking about the big move, Tom Crowley, CEO of Popeyes UK, said:

“We have been blown away by the UK’s response to Popeyes, with guests queuing for hours to try it out. Chelmsford was the perfect location for our first sit-down restaurant; it is close to London but is in the very heart of Essex which is such a vibrant part of the UK with a close-knit community.”

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The company said it would like to open 350 restaurants across the UK by 2031. Adding to the list of UK branches, they have opened a delivery-only shadow kitchen in Whitechapel, located in the east of London.


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Restaurant chain Stickey’s The Finger Joint is coming to Westchester http://boatshed-restaurant.com/restaurant-chain-stickeys-the-finger-joint-is-coming-to-westchester/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 13:28:42 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/restaurant-chain-stickeys-the-finger-joint-is-coming-to-westchester/



Sticky’s The Finger Joint, a restaurant chain specializing in chicken fillets and fingers, is opening its first location in Westchester.

The new restaurant will be based at Mall Walk #2060 in Yonkers’ Cross County Center, taking over space from the former BGR Burger. An opening date has yet to be announced.

Sticky’s has nine locations in New York and four in New Jersey.

Photo courtesy of Sticky’s






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100% cellulose film resin adopted by restaurant chain for take-out packaging http://boatshed-restaurant.com/100-cellulose-film-resin-adopted-by-restaurant-chain-for-take-out-packaging/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:47:21 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/100-cellulose-film-resin-adopted-by-restaurant-chain-for-take-out-packaging/

Photo credit: Woodly Oy

We often report on emerging developments in bioplastics for which commercial applications are being sought through industry partnerships. Recently we were approached by Woody Oy, a Finnish company that is developing a plastic made from wood cellulose for film packaging and other uses. Thanks to a collaboration with the Finnish company AmerplastOne of Europe’s largest flexo printers and bag converters for high-performance packaging for fast-moving consumer goods for food and non-food categories, the company has brought its new material to commercial fruition.

The new commercial application made from the 100% carbon-neutral and recyclable Woodly film resin is a heat-sealed bag for take-out products launched by restaurant chain HelmiSimpukka of St1 in Finland.

Woodly CCO Tomi Nyman has confirmed that the film is made of 100% Woodly, the main raw material of which is cellulose and which is also the main polymer backbone of the film structure. Woodly would be suitable for film blowing and cast film extrusion, among many other converting techniques, including injection molding. In film packaging, while Woodly is primarily for single-layer films, it can also be laminated with other polymers, according to Nyman.

Specifically, Woodly film is an alternative solution to traditional cellophane with a reduced carbon footprint and improved recyclability. The film has also been shown to prevent moisture condensation and preserve the quality of fresh food products longer. In addition to food packaging, Woodly film can be used for labels and to wrap flowers and gifts, to name a few examples of applications.

“We have an ingenious collaboration with Amerplast. With Woodly material, we can cover many interesting packaging product categories that can benefit from the quality and characteristics of our material. As a producer, Amerplast plays a key role when we develop new material applications for the growing plastic film markets,” says Jaakko Kaminen, CEO of Woodly. His company sees many new opportunities here to extend similar Woodly heat-sealed tote bag solutions to other product categories.

Founded in 1952, Amerplast has extensive experience in plastics and packaging manufacturing. Amerplast provides packaging solutions for food and non-food applications to leading brands in key market segments in Europe. With its AmerGreen program, Amerplast is taking a leadership position in transforming the industry into an environmentally friendly business. Amerplast is the market leader for shopping bags in Finland and the company’s bag solutions are based on the use of recycled materials in accordance with the circular economy model

According to Ari-Pekka Pietilä, Sales and Marketing Director of Amerplast, “The wood-based plastic material offered by Woodly and our technical know-how are a perfect match, which supports our commitment to further increase the use of bio-based raw materials in the packaging we manufacture.We have strong expertise in the requirements of the food industry and packaging materials.We are delighted to work with Woodly to explore the potential of having an alternative to type material cellophane that meets the expectations of our customers.The strategic objective of our company is to further increase the use of bio-based raw materials in the packaging we manufacture.

Since early spring, restaurant chain HelmiSimpukka in St1 has been packing its storefront sandwiches in the new heat-sealed to-go bag made from the unique Woodly material. Recognized as one of Finland’s largest companies, St1 and its HelmiSimpukka outlets are known for their comprehensive services and delicious food. With the new eco-friendly packaging solution, St1 aims to reduce food waste, increase consumer recycling and also improve product quality and shelf life.

“It is important for us to continuously develop our services and products. We offer our customers bakery products made from high quality ingredients. Sandwiches packed in Woodly heat-sealed to-go bags retain their freshness even longer than those packed in a traditional plastic bag, supporting our goal of reducing food waste. In addition, the Woodly heat-sealed bag is made from renewable materials and is suitable for recycling, which is in line with our thinking on responsibility,” says Emil Huttunen, Marketing and Concept Manager of the HelmiSimpukka chain.

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The African-themed restaurant chain is set to open its first branch in Bristol this summer http://boatshed-restaurant.com/the-african-themed-restaurant-chain-is-set-to-open-its-first-branch-in-bristol-this-summer/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 08:10:09 +0000 http://boatshed-restaurant.com/the-african-themed-restaurant-chain-is-set-to-open-its-first-branch-in-bristol-this-summer/

A cluster of African-inspired restaurants will debut in Bristol this summer, promising “a uniquely dynamic menu” and an exceptional dining experience in the city.

Founded by entrepreneur Omair Ali in 2018, Afrikana was created on the concept of fusing popular traditional dishes with African flavors.

Starting in the Midlands town of Aldridge in 2018, Afrikana has since opened seven more branches, including Derby, Cardiff and Leicester.

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Aiming to offer a wide variety of dishes meant to pay homage to African culture, art and music, Afrikana will next bring their iconic brand to Bristol during the summer season where they hope to serve “mouth-watering dishes, exceptional service and a relaxing atmosphere.”

A representative from Afrikana said, “The vision started with a dream to deliver authentic, home-cooked African-inspired cuisine. Our lovely Bristolians can look forward to a uniquely dynamic menu covering most dietary needs – halal, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

“Along with this, we place importance on creating a complete experience and guests can expect regular live entertainment, African drummers, dancers and DJs for a lively, fun and authentic environment.”



Afrikana was established in 2018 in the Midlands

Afrikana franchisee Waseem Farid believes the restaurant chain offers a range of dishes and flavors needed by Bristol’s dining scene, while hoping Afrikana can be a stepping stone to bring African cuisine to the fore.

He said: ‘I was looking for lots of franchises like German Doner Kebab and Pizza Hut and a lot of them were take out. Now I live in Cardiff and there’s a very saturated road of all these franchises called City Road.

“Afrikana is a restaurant which is also on City Road but there aren’t many restaurants like this in Cardiff. We don’t have a lot of Asian restaurants, African restaurants and there isn’t much choice for Halal unless it’s a mixed grill in Turkish or Lebanese places.

“After researching Afrikana and visiting a few of their restaurants, I thought there was definitely a gap in the market for franchise restaurants that are also halal. And it’s not just restaurants that attract a single group – you can be British, African, Asian or Chinese. As long as it’s halal.

“I looked at Bristol as a place and as an Asian myself and a Muslim there are hardly any halal restaurants in Bristol which is very shocking. Bristol is bigger than Cardiff with more people and more wealth and if Afrikana comes to Bristol he can bring a variety of different dishes.




Waseem pointed out that although the restaurant cluster is simply “African inspired”, he says continuing to pay homage to African culture, music and art in Bristol is suggested as a form of gratitude and appreciation. appreciation that can unite communities through great food and a vibrant atmosphere.

He said: “There are dishes on our menu that are inspired by Africa – for example jerk chicken, jerk seasoning and jerk flavor. There is also plantain as an option and it is African.

“There’s creamy coconut pasta and it’s African-inspired – not African. The steak comes with a jerk sauce if you prefer. You have jollof rice and again it’s African. This does not mean that the whole menu is African because we have a very varied menu.

“Afrikana is constantly changing menus to be ahead of its time, such as adding plantain which was not on the menu until last year.

“When you walk into an Afrikana restaurant, the whole restaurant is African themed and it’s our tribute to Africa. The paintings on the wall will all be of African women and the artwork is about Africa. Some of our dish names range from Kicking it in Kenya, Boneless Banquet in Botswana to Ethiopian Sea – it all has to do with Africa.



At an Afrikana branch in Leicester

Waseem is looking forward to the inauguration of Afrikana in Bristol and although launch dates are yet to be confirmed, he strongly believes that with further openings in cities such as Nottingham and Milton Keynes, the restaurant group is creating one day a positive impact both locally and nationally.

“What we’re bringing to Bristol is a two-storey breakout-style restaurant. It will be one of the first multi-menu halal restaurants. It will appeal to everyone, from children to vegans to vegetarians. There will be an amazing vibe in terms of live music playing in the restaurant.

“The variety of food for a halal restaurant is very important to us and it has proven to be a success everywhere, like the one in Dalston (London), where we want it to be a multicultural restaurant. is that if you love food, you love food, and we’re here to do just that.

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