Customers express sadness as Indian restaurant closes

A POPULAR Indian restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne has closed its doors for the last time after 12 years in business.

Zing & Zest on Oldham Road, which first opened in 2012, offered authentic Indian cuisine in its sit-down restaurant, a bar and a takeaway service seven days a week.

The establishment has also played its part in supporting the local community, donating meal vouchers to local schools and charity groups for fundraising events, as well as feeding the homeless on numerous occasions and giving food to NHS staff during the Covid pandemic.

Zing and Zest has closed its doors

Habib Rahman, general manager at the restaurant, said rising costs in energy prices and all other sectors in the trade have “made it very difficult for us to survive and continue trading”.

In a statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Mr Rahman thanked all customers and staff for their support over the years.

He said: “First and foremost, we want to express our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our customers and friends who have walked through our doors for dining in and takeaways in the past 12 years of our business.

“Your friendship, loyalty and patronage have been invaluable to us, and we are truly humbled by the connections we have formed along the way. It has been a pleasure being at your service.

“Since we opened the restaurant’s doors back in 2012, we remember the laughter, the joy, the celebrations and the excitement that have made Zing & Zest a special place for all.”

He added: “We would also like to take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation to our dedicated staff team members past and present throughout the years who have worked tirelessly to ensure exceptional service and a memorable dining experience at Zing & Zest.

“Without their passion, talent, and unwavering commitment, Zing & Zest would not have been the thriving establishment it became, so thank you to everyone involved in making Zing & Zest a success.”

Mr Rahman also wished the new buyers of the building “all the very best in their new venture in whatever they turn the place into”.

Customers on social media were quick to express their sadness in the closure and appreciation for the service that Zing & Zest provided.

Matt Sacca commented: “Absolutely heartbreaking, so sad to see. Thank you for hosting us so many times, you have been a massive part of our family’s celebrations and treat nights over the years. Best of luck for your future endeavours.”

Isobel Choudhury said: “So sad and sorry to hear this! Me and my family have had many great meals here over the years, as well as plenty of takeaways! The food and service were always amazing, never had one tiny issue. Wishing you all the best for the future.”

John Stubley wrote: “Very sad news, worked on the restaurant from start to finish, still looks great and have enjoyed coming in year after year since you first opened. Great food and a chilled atmosphere. Good luck to you all in whatever you do in the future, thanks for the great memories.”

Natalie Miles commented: “So saddened to hear this news. Your restaurant was our absolute favourite Indian cuisine to eat in or have as takeaway. Thanks for all the lovely food and memories over the years. We wish you well in your future endeavours.”

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