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News & Views Kicking off with new venture


Abdul Basit, a former Bolton Wanderers community coach and diversity offi - cer, has invested £100,000 to launch Fusion Lounge, an Indian restaurant in Tameside, together with business part- ners Mohammed Ali and Suleman Ali. The enterprise has created 15 jobs ini- tially and the directors say they hope to recruit further as trade increases.


The 120-cover venue also has a sepa- rate function room, featuring a bar, dining area and dance fl oor. The extra


space will allow for private parties, cel- ebrations and business training, semi- nars or team-building days, said Abdul. As well as offering traditional Indian cuisine, the menu will feature British dishes.


The trio, who live in Oldham, said they wanted to create a “one-stop shop” for people on a night out. Abdul, who cur- rently coaches the Oldham Athletic girls’ team, said: “Over the last couple of years, customers’ dining habits have


changed and they want more than just a meal out. They want to have a drink and a dance, and we want to provide all that under one roof.”


Fusion Lounge is Abdul’s third res- taurant venture. After leaving Bolton Wanderers in 2010, he launched India Lounge, in Saddleworth, and Indigo in Bury last year. But he sold the two busi- nesses to set up Fusion Lounge which is his biggest restaurant so far..


Bollywood fund raiser helps charities


A charity dinner with a Bollywood theme, held at the Royal Bengal in Northampton, has raised £795 for Parkinson’s UK and The Stroke Association. About 100 people attended the event, which was the sixth in a series


of fundraisers put on by Royal Bengal that together raised more than £5,000 for different charities.


As well as helping the good causes the charity events have also given a boost


to the local profi le of the restaurant, which had suffered from the partial closure of a nearby road following a fi re in the town’s Angel Hotel this January.


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Spice Business Magazine 29 May/June 2012


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