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Restaurant owners criticise water company


NAAN HAS A SHARP TASTE


A YOUNG mum was horrified when she found a knife inside a naan bread in a takeaway she ordered for herself and her five-year-old son. Kayleigh Walker and her young son Dane were about to tuck into the bread when she unfolded it to reveal the 20cm-long, sharp blade, the Birmingham Mail reports. It was the first time the family had ordered


food from Star Tandoori, in Ladywood. Kayleigh says she complained to the restaurant, but they refused to refund her. She added that the restaurant apologised for the blunder and offered her a free meal, but does not want to order from the restaurant again. n


NEW RESTAURANT FOR ASHBOURNE


OSTRICH, duck and venison are all on the menu at a new Indian restaurant in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne. Amaya, which is set to open on September 29th this year, will also offer familiar choices such as jalfrezi and korma. The owner is Arfan Ali, whose family has been in


the restaurant business for 60 years. This will be Mr Ali’s seventh restaurant, but his first in Derbyshire. When refurbishment work is completed, the restaurant will seat up to 100 guests and will also include an upstairs function room with an additional 60 seats. n


TWO restaurant owners in Windsor have criticised Thames Water and claimed it is responsible for flooding their business, causing more than £15,000 worth of damage. Ali Bhatti and Zack Ali, owners of Spice Route, claimed their restaurant flooded by over 12in of water while 100 customers were dining, after a Thames Water plumber burst a pipe. The pair have made an official complaint against the utility company after the incident. Mr Bhatti said: “We called them to fix a leak at the back of the restaurant but they turned up a week early when we had customers dining and they did more damage than the original leak.” When the incident happened they had to clear the restaurant and cancel bookings for a week. They claimed to have lost customers due to the flooring and expressed concern about the damage to their reputation and relationships with customers. A spokeswoman from Thames Water said: “We


came out to fix a customer’s pipe and while carrying out the repair the leak worsened. We repaired the pipe the next day.” Brick Lane pioneer celebrates anniversary One of Brick Lane’s oldest curry houses is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Sheba Brick Lane was opened in 1974 by Motabir Ali and his family, and is currently run by his nephew, Sultan Miah, who has been the manager for nearly five years. A special 40th anniversary menu is being


prepared by the restaurant, which has won numerous awards, to mark the special milestone. n


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