Christmas ‘over’ for Lancaster restaurant

The Mayor of Lancaster coun Sheila Denwood cuts the ribbon to open the Kashish restaurant watched by owners Mac Ziggy (left) and Mohammed Dilly.
The Mayor of Lancaster coun Sheila Denwood cuts the ribbon to open the Kashish restaurant watched by owners Mac Ziggy (left) and Mohammed Dilly.
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The future of one of Lancaster’s most popular Indian restaurants hangs in the balance as owners count the cost of the floods.

Majid Choudry, company director at Kashish, said Christmas was over for the Parliament Street restaurant, which was devastated by floodwater on December 5.

Majid said there was around £50-60,000 worth of damage to sort out, and he was unsure whether the business could recover.

He said: “The water caught us off guard. We managed to service all our customers on the night, and everyone went away quite happy although there was water coming up the steps. The whole of our downstairs was flooded and there’s severe damage to the whole of the basement level. All the electrical equipment has been damanged beyond recovery. We still have no electrics now after 10 days.

“We’re finding it very difficult to liaise with Electricity North West, so we’re still trying to get these issues resolved. It’s a mammoth task, and a real shame because Christmas is a busy time for us. It’s been a very difficult year anyway in terms of the amount of revenue we’ve generated.

This has really knocked us for six and I’m not sure if we can recover from it. It’s been sleepless nights wondering how things are going to pan out with insurance, and we’re struggling in terms of cash flow so we haven’t been able to pay suppliers.

“We’ve had to cancel bookings and orders, so Christmas is pretty much over for us here at Kashish.”

Majid added that he had been in touch with local authorities about grants and help but so far nothing has been forthcoming.