Businessman opens ‘Funky Indian’ social enterprise restaurant to help create jobs in Sunderland

Kam Chera, Gareth Rowley from The Ascent Academy Trust, Sandy Cowell and Joseu George from Cowell and George and Barry Evans from Pbs Training are all working together to relaunch Amore as The Funky Indian.
Kam Chera, Gareth Rowley from The Ascent Academy Trust, Sandy Cowell and Joseu George from Cowell and George and Barry Evans from Pbs Training are all working together to relaunch Amore as The Funky Indian.
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A BUSINESSMAN has cooked up a new way to help children with learning difficulties.

Almost a year after closing Amore in the city centre, Kam Chera is re-opening the site – with a new menu and new concept.

Funky Indian restaurant will be a social enterprise giving special needs schools, unemployed and disadvantaged people the chance to undertake training in the hospitality sector.

Training sessions will run from Monday to Thursday at the Tavistock Place eatery, with the commercial arm operating from Wednesday to Saturday evenings.

Kam said: “I have a 10-year lease on that building and I want to do something totally different, like I did with the original Amore eight years ago.

“When Amore opened it had this corporate feel that was very different for the city centre and I want to try a new concept again.

“People keep asking what I’m going to do with the site. I wanted to protect Amore as a brand, which is why I moved it to Roker. This will be something different.”

Profits from the restaurant will be ploughed back into the social enterprise arm of the venue.

Kam will be working with special schools in the area, as well as Hendon-based PSB training, to offer courses and workshops for young people.

Pupils from Barbara Priestman Academy and Portland Academy will be among the first to benefit from the scheme.