'£2.5m restaurant in memory of our late mother'

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A Bradford Asian restaurant and food manufacturing group will open a new £2.5m restaurant in Leeds on Mother’s Day – in memory of the woman who was the firm’s inspiration.

It marks the first stage of national expansion plans by Mumtaz Food Industries, which is opening Leeds’ biggest restaurant near the Royal Armouries in a move that will create more than 100 new jobs.

The empire was founded 30 years ago by the late Farzand Begum who opened a small café in Bradford.

Mumtaz has become one of the UK’s best-known Kashmiri restaurants and food manufacturers and an international operation supplying Harrods and serving the Queen. It remains a family-run business.

Mumtaz Leeds has been launched by Mumtaz Khan, Doctor Akbar and Rab Nawaz to operate 10,000 sq ft restaurant. They have chosen to launch the venture on Mother’s Day in memory of their mother whose Kashmiri recipes were the foundation of today’s business.

The new 300-seat restaurant is next to shopping malls at the Royal Armouries complex.

It has been backed with funding from Bradford business bankers at Yorkshire Bank’s West Yorkshire Financial Solutions Centre on Canal Road, Bradford. As well as a restaurant, it will have chilled food counters, a delicatessen, conference facilities and a takeaway.

Mumtaz Leeds director, Rab Nawaz said: “The new restaurant menu will build on our successful formula but the décor is in a classic style and with an exclusive feel as befits one of the UK’s biggest financial centres, although the dishes themselves will still offer real value for money.

“There is no branded Kashmiri restaurant in Leeds. The city needs the choice we offer and we are delighted to be launching here.

“My family first came to Yorkshire in the 1930s and we have grown and prospered here. We are opening on Mothers’ Day in memory of our mother. Although she has passed away, we know she would be very proud of what we have achieved.”

Andy Davidson, managing partner of Yorkshire Bank’s West Yorkshire FSC, said: “Mumtaz Ventures is one of Bradford’ most astonishing success stories of the last 30 years, an absolute top-quality business which has set itself apart from the competition and created an international reputation.”

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