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Tapas concept comes to Barnsley

JAZ Boparai has introduced a new culinary concept at his Chilli restaurant in Barnsley, making a £50,000 investment in the process. Having visited tapas-style Indian restaurants in London and Glasgow he thought the concept would work equally well in Yorkshire. According to Jaz “A tapas menu allows you to choose smaller taster dishes to share with friends. Whether it’s a quick lunch or an evening out, this is a stylish alternative for adventurous diners.” While he has other business interests Jaz says he is focussing on the Chilli restaurant because he is seeing strong signs of recovery. “The introduction of our tapas menu, which is available alongside our existing menu, is the first of our exciting plans for Chilli,” he adds. Jaz also runs the neighbouring restaurant Grille Steakhouse and champagne bar Chill all on Barnsley’s Market Street. n


ESTABLISHED in 1989, the Serina restaurant in Desborough, near Kettering, has just celebrated its 25th anniversary, with an exclusive black tie evening, attended by customers, friends and family. Manager Rajna Boksh says, “We had a champagne reception, special 3 course meal, a quiz relating to the business and a speech by myself at the end of the evening. It was a great night to remember!” Rajna’s father Siraz Boksh

founded the business as a takeaway which was successful for 17 years. After much thought the decision was made to establish a restaurant, as the town was getting bigger and there were no other restaurants in Desborough. In 2005 Serina expanded into a 26 seater restaurant, which was when Rjna became fully involved in running the business. Then in 2009 Serina had the opportunity to expand again, and was subsequently further doubled in size.

Rajna says, “Previously the

premises were a bakery; and so a lot of work had to be done to make it suitable for a hot food establishment. Major transformations have occurred over the last 25 years, including double glazing the building, separating the ground floor and first floor entrance, and extending the rear of the building for the new kitchen.” During the years as a takeaway, it was run by Siraz and employed staff. But Serina, Rajna’s elder sister, joined in, working front

of house, but then becoming the chef, learning the sects of success from her father. Rajna adds,”Over the years we have catered for many events and supported many charities, such as DEC Floods appeal, NSPCC, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Desborough Carnival. We also supported a young man helping him fulfil his dreams of entering the World Kickboxing Championships - a sport that I have been active in also.” The anniversary has been an emotional time for the family,

who say they are extremely happy to be in the business they are in, and the location they serve. “Balancing a business and family has not been easy for my parents, but with hard work and determination we have reached this milestone,” says Rajna. “We are a family of daughters that have challenged stereotypes as this is not an area for Asian women typically. As the rest of my sisters grew up they helped out in between studies and work. We have gained further qualifications, but helping with the family business is what we felt strongly about doing.” n

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