Grill chain fires up growth with new restaurant

A new Indian restaurant has opened its doors in Worcestershire, creating 12 new jobs with the support of a six-figure loan from Lloyds Bank.

Entouraj is the sixth restaurant opened by entrepreneur Shah Hussain and will blend traditional Indian recipes with modern flavours.

The funding from Lloyds Bank allowed Shah and his business partner to buy a former pub in the village of Cutnall Green, which the pair have fully refurbished, including installing a new kitchen and additional seating for diners.

Shah, who has hired award-winning Sudha Saha as Entouraj’s head chef, has more than 30 years of experience in the catering industry, with eateries in Oxford, Leicester and Gaydon.

Homemade cooking in a cosy atmosphere

The opening has also created 12 new jobs for waiting staff and cooks, and the restaurant expects to turnover £600,000 in its first year.

Owner Shah Hussain said: “We were first attracted to Cutnall Green as the area is so beautiful and when we saw the building on Kidderminster Road, we knew there was a lot we could do with it to give it a luxury but cosy and welcoming atmosphere.”

“It has been a dream of mine to own my own restaurant. To say that I’m now opening my sixth is a real milestone moment.”

Shah Hussein, owner, Entouraj

Entouraj

Shah added: “I’ve worked with the team at Lloyds Bank for many years now and I’m pleased we’ve been able to open our latest venture with their support."

“We’re looking forward to establishing our menu and bringing our homemade cooking to this local community in the Midlands.”

“Shah has made a name for himself as someone who is passionate about creating healthy and nutritious dishes.”

Noshad Khowaja, relationship manager, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

Backing ambitious businesses

Noshad added: “It’s great to see Shah’s latest venture being set up right here in the Midlands.”

“Ambitious businesses like Entouraj are the backbone of the local economy, which is why we’ve pledged to be by the side of businesses.”

“As part of this commitment, we’re lending up to £2.5 billion to Midlands firms this year.”

All lending is subject to status.

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