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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S


Veer Dhara set to re-open


TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!


HEMEL Hempstead’s Infinity Cafe & Restaurant highlights its distinctive business concept which it says is proving highly successful. By day it is more of a traditional cafe, serving European brunch, afternoon tea, and so on, but at night it is transformed into


in the area, its ambiance is international and so is the food.”


The kitchen does not serve


food that has been pre- prepared. All dishes are made fresh on the premises, and nothing is frozen and reheated. Recently Infinity started serving dinners which are described as being ‘the sort of food one might experience if invited to a well-run home in India.’ Along with a brief


an elegant restaurant, with an Indian dinner menu. According to one reviewer: “The welcome is warm and sincere; every patron is made to feel they are the most important person to come through the doors that day. Infinity is quite different from any other cafe and restaurant


explanation of the dish comes a helpful wine suggestion. The menu, which also provides for vegetarian and vegan tastes, has been prepared by head chef Pandav Mahato, who has worked in 5-¬star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants around the world. His credentials include the Yak & Yeti, Kathmandu; Le Meridian, Bangalore; the Trident Oberoi Hotel, Ahmadabad; the Ajia, Istanbul; and Benares in Mayfair, London. n


Owner Darshit Singh Hora’ said: ”Our family has a real affection for St Albans and we knew that we owed it to the city to reopen the restaurant following its closure earlier in the year. This time we opted for a permanent base.” After considering four potential sites Darshit and brother Haritpal Singh Hora decided on the Liberal Club because it came with a 25-year leasehold. The owners say they plan to spend around £200,000 refurbishing the restaurant. n


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ST Albans’ Veer Dhara restaurant is due to reopen shortly, having taken on a new 25-year lease of the town’s former Liberal Club. Previously Veer Dhara had been situated in St Peter’s Street for around six years until it was served with a notice of repossession by the leaseholders, Pizza Hut, earlier this year. The relaunched restaurant is starting trading with a takeaway service, and a full restaurant service will be up and running by the end of September.


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