Two brothers with a combined 35 years experience in the hospitality trade have invested £250,000 in developing a high class Indian restaurant and champagne bar in a Durham village.
Sunderland-based businessmen Sabir Ahmed and Mohammed Miah have spent three months redeveloping a run-down bar on Salter’s Lane in Trimdon to create The Cinnamon Club.
The two brothers have joined forces to convert the detached former pub into a swanky eatery and bar - creating 11 jobs in the process.
Joint owner Mohammed Miah, 36, from Washington, said: “We have literally put our hearts, souls, blood and tears in this place and we’ve been positively overwhelmed with the response from the local people and visitors to the area.
“We’ve only been open for 10 weeks now and as well as putting on charity nights for local causes, we seem to have made a big impact on the hospitality scene in the area.”
The venue, which was once a public house and restaurant, has been completely transformed to accommodate a spacious restaurant area and conservatory as well as a private function room. The restaurant can seat 120 diners and already has a booming take-away trade.
Mohammed and Sabir have hired waiting and bar staff, cocktail mixologists, kitchen hands and chefs.
The venue has become part of a stable of restaurants in the region all belonging to the same family. Sister eateries include The Capital and Spice Lounge in Durham City, and Village Spice in Sunderland.
Mr Ahmed added: “We are determined to make a great success of this business as we want to grow until we’re open all day, every day. We are keen to expand the workforce and add to the local economy as well as giving something back to the proud folk of Trimdon.
“If we can continue to grow at the pace of the last nine weeks, then we’re definitely not going to fail, as we’ve literally not stopped. I’m in desperate need of a day off, but that seems like a dream at present!”