A NEW takeaway kebab and pizza shop has opened near a holiday park in a busy shopping area of Weymouth, bringing with it 15+ jobs to follow this summer.
The Ottoman Kebab House opened on Monday evening January 17 on Lynch Lane Trading Estate to the delight of those who favor the flavor of authentic Turkish cuisine.
Co-owner Naz Islam said the new takeaway is “tactically situated” on the commercial estate as he believes it will allow the business to provide the best delivery option for the whole of Weymouth.
He said: “We opened on Monday and it went really well, but it was unexpected because we did a ‘soft opening’ and did very little publicity.
“We are a confident new company, but we want to start as stable as possible. So far, however, it has been very positive.
“It will take a lot of physical work and training, but hopefully we will be one of the best takeaways in Weymouth.
“The shop is fitted out to a high standard and very clean, with an experienced chef. The quality of the product is also top notch.”
Mr. Islam talked about the unique offerings of the new restaurant.
He added: “We offer a unique taste and we can reach people faster because it’s more central to everyone.
“That’s why we chose our location; tactically we can reach people faster compared to downtown based takeaways.
“Additionally, we are based next to Littlesea Holiday Park, so we hope to become a popular location for these holidaymakers.
“We have large parking areas, which makes it easy for people to pick up.”
The Ottoman Kebab House is located on the former site of the Little Sea Fish Bar, which was to become a new car wash. Plans for the car wash development were given the green light by Dorset Council in November last year, despite fierce opposition from locals. Those plans, however, failed to materialize and the new take-out opened.
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Mr. Islam said the company will create 15 jobs in total with a view to hiring more this summer.
He also gave his thoughts on starting a new business during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “I think you need a bit of courage because it’s a difficult time and it won’t be easy, but together we can get through this.”
The new take-out sale is open from 3:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Monday to Sunday.