Leeds sisters revive Leeds family restaurant

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ENTERPRISING sisters are hoping to buck tradition by reviving their family’s Leeds restaurant after the sudden death of their father.

Nasmin Rashid and her sisters have all teamed up to help restore The Golden Bengal, in Horsforth, to its former glory.

The restaurant was suddenly closed two years ago.

And their beloved father, Abdul Rashid, died last year, aged 54, in September, in Bangladesh.

Mr Rashid, who it is believed died from respiratory problems, converted the old stable block into the restaurant, which used to be called The Golden Gate, in 1986.

But now sisters Nasmin, Helena, Fatima, Parul, Happy and her husband Shaun are hoping to buck tradition and have re-opened the Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant, on Low Lane.

Nasmin, 27, said: “Some of the family did not like the idea of women going into business but we have got pictures of us when we were small standing outside the business.

“It feels a little bit weird to be open again because obviously we have made a few changes to the restaurant.

“But a lot of people are saying lots of positive things about my dad so it feels like he is still there with us.

“It feels good to have the restaurant back open so we are hoping that it will do really well and our father would be proud of us.”

The family, who hail from Bradford, have been involved with helping to run the restaurant since it was first opened.

Mr Rashid moved to the UK when he was nine and had almost four decades of catering experience under his belt.

Nasmin added: “It is one of those buildings that is part of Horsforth village.

“It is nice to still have it in the family because we didn’t want to let it go.

“Some family members think that it brings shame on the family but we just want to show them that women can run a business.

“We would like to just give a big thank you to the Horsforth community because they have been really supportive of us and we really appreciate it.

“Other members of the Asian community have been very supportive too.”

laura.bowyer@ypn.co.uk

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