This is what is replacing Rumi's restaurant after it suddenly closed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Jul 2018

A Beverley venue, which has been empty since Rumi’s Indian restaurant went into liquidation, is to be reopened by another operator.

Hornsea-based Sonali Spice is planning to expand its business by opening at the first-floor restaurant in Beverley’s New Walkergate.

Sonali Spice, which has traded in New Road, Hornsea, for 17 years, is not connected with Rumi's which went into liquidation in March 2018.

Mohammed Hussain, owner of Sonali Spice, aims to create eight jobs at the new restaurant, which will have a capacity of around 90.

He said: “We are doing some decorating work, we have taken delivery of the furniture and we expect to open early in August.

"I have wanted to open a restaurant in Beverley for a long time because it is a busy town and we already have customers who live in the area.

"This is a nice, big building in an ideal location.”

The Beverley venue occupies the first floor of a two-storey building which is the former home of NFU Mutual.

Alan Kirkman, joint owner of the property, said it was completely renovated after the purchase and opened in July 2015 with Rumi’s on the first floor and Magnet Kitchens on the ground floor.

Sonali Spice is a popular venue in Hornsea (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Magnet continues to trade successfully but the search began for a new restaurant tenant when Rumi’s Indian restaurant went into liquidation.

Mr Kirkman said: “We repossessed the building in March and have since appointed Garness Jones to market and manage the property.

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“We’re delighted to have signed a lease with Mr Hussain, who has been running a very highly-regarded restaurant for a long time now.

“I’ve seen very good reports about the food and the service at his restaurant in Hornsea first-hand and on social media and I’m looking forward to him opening here, with diners able to enjoy stunning views across the rooftops towards St Mary’s Church.”

Sonali Spice serves a range of dishes at its Hornsea venue, from kormas, pictured here, to Bangladeshi specialities (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Paul White, agency director of Garness Jones, worked on the lease and Simon Preston, the firm’s commercial management surveyor, will look after the management of the entire building.

He said: “In managing the property we are committed to working closely with the landlords and with both tenants in a transparent and supportive way.

“We are confident that Sonali Spice will be a great success because Mr Hussain has an excellent track record.

“The restaurant is a welcome addition to Beverley’s social scene and will help to cement the town’s status as a dining and drinking destination.

“With the Beverley Arms Hotel due to reopen soon the prospects for businesses in Beverley are very bright.”

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