Sunderland brothers launch Indian restaurant and champagne bar

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TWO Sunderland brothers want to prove running a restaurant can be a family affair.

Businessmen Sabir Ahmed and Mohammed Miah have spent three months redeveloping a run-down bar on Salter’s Lane, Trimdon to create an Indian eatery and champagne bar.

With a combined 35 years’ experience, the two brothers invested £250,000 to convert the detached former pub, creating 11 jobs in the process.

Mohammed, 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.

“We’ve only been open for 10 weeks and as well as putting on charity nights, we seem to have made a big impact on the hospitality scene in the area.”

Mohammed and Sabir have taken on waiting and bar staff, cocktail mixologists, kitchen hands and chefs, catering for 120 diners.

The venue – which already has a booming takeaway trade – has become part of a group 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.