Shahnaz anniversary

AN INDIAN restaurant at the site of a historic former garage in Cheddar has celebrated its third anniversary

AN INDIAN restaurant at the site of a historic former garage in Cheddar has celebrated its third anniversary.

Shahnaz, at the bottom of the gorge, hosted a special night to mark the occasion, with entertainment including a Rod Stewart impersonator who belted out a few of the star's hits.

Around 90 diners who tucked into a free meal were encouraged to make a donation to the poor and needy in Bangladesh.

Owner Salim Hashim said: "It went very well and people said they enjoyed it.


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"I hope to do other charity events to raise money for Children In Need for next year's appeal."

The 140-seat eatery was built in the early 1900s by the Burnell Brothers who used it to house tractors for a food production scheme in World War One and to supply petrol to the British army.

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It has also been a shopping arcade with caf�, which Salim's brother Abdul turned into the Orchid Indian Restaurant.

When the other business owners left, the brothers took over the whole building and spent �750,000 converting it to Shahnaz in 2006.

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