An Asian food chain is investing almost £2 million in a restaurant in Edgbaston which will create dozens of jobs.
Yorkshire firm Akbar’s has revealed it plans to open its first restaurant outside the North of England after securing a deal for a premises on H-agley Road.
The new restaurant will create 55 jobs, seat 300 people, and will have a private function suite that can cater for up to 200 guests.
Managing director Shabir Hussain said the move to Birmingham was an exciting opportunity for Akbar’s has restaurants throughout the North, including Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield and Middlesbrough.
Mr Hussain said: “Our expansion into Birmingham is an exciting one. It already has an excellent reputation for Asian cuisine so we are looking forward to offering our particular style of food and service within such a vibrant city restaurant scene.”
The Hagley Road restaurant will open on September 24 after a deal on the premises was struck by Yorkshire law firm Gordons. Managers of Akbar’s, which was established in 1995 in Bradford, also have plans to grow further afield to Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London and anticipate opening a 200-seat restaurant in Newcastle city centre in January 2010.
Mr Hussain, started to establish his company at the age of 18, said he restaurant chain was named business of the year for the second year in succession at the 2009 Asian Business Development Network Awards.
A spokesman for the restaurant chain said the near £2 million investment was designed to create a flagship outlet for the company.
The move into the city comes after a recent Birmingham City Council campaign to protect the famous balti name by preventing Indian restaurants outside the city from using it.
If the move did go ahead it would give the balti, which was invented in the 1970s, similar protection to Champagne and Wensleydale cheese.
Commercial property solicitor Simon Mydlowski and regulatory solicitor Satpal Roth provided counsel on the restaurant’s lease and licensing agreements.
Mr Mydlowski commented: “The expansion of Akbar’s is testimony to the vision and dedication of Shabir and his team.
“We are certain that the new Birmingham restaurant will be a resounding success.”