Family food business re-opened

Naz (right) and Sheema Hoque with brother Shimon Ahmed(left) watching their son Niyaz cut the ribbon

Naz (right) and Sheema Hoque with brother Shimon Ahmed(left) watching their son Niyaz cut the ribbon to open the restuarant. - Credit: Archant

A WESTON couple have re-opened an Indian restaurant which was previously owned by their family.

Naz (right) and Sheema Hoque with brother Shimon Ahmed(left) watching their son Niyaz cut the ribbon

Naz (right) and Sheema Hoque with brother Shimon Ahmed(left) watching their son Niyaz cut the ribbon to open the restuarant. - Credit: Archant

Sheema and Naz Hoque have opened the doors to Panache in Orchard Street, Weston, which used to be Surma Tandoori, owed by Sheema’s father.

Syed Ahmed owned the business from the 1980s to the early 2000s and now the couple have taken over and given the venue a new look.

Sheema said: “We have revamped it, made it look more elegant, and are trying to give it a new look. We want to create a place for fine dining with a relaxed atmosphere.

“Naz has been in Weston for years and has had a restaurant on the Boulevard and it feels good to take on this place, I’m really happy.


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“I used to come here as a little girl and now I am standing behind the bar. It is my little treasure and I hope I make my dad proud.”

Naz and Sheema hope to give customers in Weston a unique experience with some of Sheema’s own recepies, an a la carte menu and alternative options on their take-away menu.

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She added: “There used to be long lines outside the Surma and it is nice to take it over and try to make it successful.”

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