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Ransacked restaurant reopens

A FAMILY-owned restaurant in Solihull is finally ready to reopen its doors after it was ransacked two months ago.

A FAMILY-owned restaurant in Solihull is finally ready to reopen its doors after it was ransacked two months ago.

Sheila Khanom and partner Abz Khair, both from Northfield, took over Zengh fine dining Indian restaurant, in Old Lode Lane, last year.

Despite the recession, the business was flourishing until burglars broke in on May 28.

Not content to simply take the cash from the till, they also took the till itself, then the furniture and even the boiler and wall fittings.

“When I walked in, I thought we’d have to give up,” said 36- year-old Sheila. “To walk in and see all our hard work trashed, and all these wires just hanging down, I just wanted to cry.

“I’ve heard of burglaries where you pick up what you can, but not taking the boiler and fittings off the wall.

“It’s below the belt, to ransack and ruin someone’s livelihood. I just think they’re low lives.”

Police caught the culprits at the scene after a quick-thinking neighbour reported noise coming from the restaurant.

But the couple were still left to scrape together enough money to restore their much-loved business.

“We have had to pay a lot to get it back up and running,” said Sheila. “I even had to sell some gold of mine.

“It’s been a struggle but it was our dream.

“We are now delighted, after a very, very hard few weeks of great stress gathering money together to re-buy everything again from scratch, to be able to now re-open our doors to our customers again.”

 

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