New Bishop's Stortford takeaway for Stansted's Bengali restaurant Brohmon
Bengali restaurant Brohmon is expanding with a new outlet in Bishop's Stortford.
After a series of successful pop-up dining experiences in the area, co-founder Karim Ullah achieved his dream of opening a restaurant with wife Sultana in Chapel Hill, Stansted Mountfitchet, in March last year – as the first coronavirus national lockdown began.
Since then he has built a loyal following in Stortford and has set up the new base using The Sweet Life's premises in Rhodes Avenue to speed up deliveries to customers in the town.
After a soft launch on Thursday January 14, initially it will operate as a dark kitchen – delivery-only restaurant – on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Karim said: "Until we're able to open in Bishop's Stortford every night, our customers there will be able to get Brohmon's Bengali cuisine delivered from our Stansted premises whenever our restaurant there is open."
Before launching in Stansted, Karim had tried for many years to find premises in Stortford.
"Having lived in Stortford and made some good friends who love our food, we're delighted to finally have a place where we can serve our food to everyone in Bishop's Stortford," he said.
"From our Stansted base, we've managed to generate some loyal supporters who live in Bishop's Stortford – and it'll be a lot easier and quicker to deliver their orders from this new outlet.
"With the current Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting regulations, it's not the right time to open a second restaurant, in Bishop's Stortford. So the next best thing is for us to open a takeaway and delivery outlet.
"The food we prepare there will be the same as the food we serve in our Stansted restaurant and which has enabled us to build our reputation for impressive, high-quality cuisine."
The new takeaway venture during a third national lockdown has taken Brohmon full circle. Karim and Sultana were forced to shut their Stansted restaurant just two weeks after opening when coronavirus restrictions were first introduced.
He said: "Our experiences throughout 2020 have forced us to learn quickly and, thankfully, we've had great support from people locally.
"We're motivated to make our business successful – especially because it gives us the opportunity to help as many people as possible in this area to eat tastier and healthier Indian food."
Sultana will still be in charge of cooking, ensuring the quality of their authentic and rustic menu.
Brohmon means 'journey' in Bengali, and Karim plans to take customers on a taste adventure by offering up to four free side dishes with four main courses as part of an opening offer in Stortford.