CONFIDENCE in a ‘masterplan’ for South Shields has persuaded the owners of a long-established Indian restaurant to push ahead with a £100,000 expansion.
The Radhuni in Ocean Road is to double in size after moving into the former Ladbrokes bookmakers – which has relocated into the centre of town.
The move will see the restaurant raise its capacity from 44 to 90 customers.
Brothers Kamal and Kowsar Choudhury, who run Radhuni, say they felt confident to push ahead with the expansion because of a series of environmental plans to improve Ocean Road, part of the £100m South Shields 365 initiative.
Improvements include tree planting, building improvements and better parking management.
Radhuni has traded under that name for seven years, but for almost three decades the family-run business was better known as the Naseeb.
Kowsar, 33, said: “Despite the name change, many people still refer to us as Naseeb.
“We believe that the 365 plan will help regenerate Ocean Road and the whole town.
“That’s why we had the confidence to go ahead with this investment, which will create an additional six staff roles.
“The street is going to be a much more attractive place to visit once the work is completed, and there’s also free parking at the back of the restaurant, which helps us too.
“The work has been ongoing for eight weeks and we’re hoping to open next Thursday. We’re getting the carpets this week and the sign should be up on Saturday.”
The expansion comes after the collapse in March last year of the Bizz Bar, which adjoined the Ladbrokes shop.
Kamal, 40, added: “We’re the second Indian restaurant en route to the seafront, so we are in a good position.
“This expansion is very exciting. I think things in the town are looking up generally.”