Indo Chinese chain to open Bradford restaurant

December 20, 2019

An Indo Chinese restaurant chain is set to create 20 jobs with the launch of a new site in Bradford.

Oodles Chinese, which currently has 12 branches across the UK, will officially open its doors on Leeds Road on 20 December 2019 with a launch party.

 
The 60-seat restaurant features an interior inspired by its Chinese influence as well as an open-plan kitchen with live cooking.

In 2019 the chain has opened eight stores across the UK including franchisees in London, Blackburn, Bolton and Coventry. It is targeting ten openings by 2020, creating more than 200 new jobs.

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Khuram Akhtar and Ismail Ali, who have taken the franchise, opened their first branch at The Merrion Centre in Leeds earlier this year.

Akhtar said: “We are very excited to bring our second Oodles Chinese store to Yorkshire following our successful first store in Leeds in August.

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“There’s been a real buzz around the Bradford store opening and we’re really looking forward to finally serving our Bradford customers.”

By Stephen Farrell

Source: Insider Media

New Chinese restaurant opening on Blackburn’s ‘Curry Mile’

October 26, 2019

ONE of the country’s fastest-growing Chinese dining chains, Oodles Chinese, is set to throw open its doors along Blackburn’s Curry Mile.

Bosses say that 20 new jobs will be created by the arrival of Oodles Chinese in Victoria Street, which launches on Friday.

 
The 40-seater Indo-Chinese outlet will be competing with established favourites including Khyber, Shandaar and Pepe’s.

Mohammed Umar, director of the Leicester-based firm, said: “We chose Victoria Street specifically due to the high footfall in the area and we already have a large fan base here in Blackburn who travel to our other stores.”

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He told the Lancashire Telegraph that their arrival in the town, which follows their north west debut in Bolton earlier this year, was “well overdue”.

“We genuinely believe our concept of fresh and unique tasting food is something Blackburn has never experienced before,” added Mr Umar.

“We have created a warm authentic, inviting design with a live cooking element so customers feel closer to the Oodles Chinese experience of freshly-prepared food as soon as they walk into the new restaurant.”

He also said that the company was still on the lookout for other possible Lancashire franchise opportunities after other openings in London, Leeds and Coventry.

Cllr Hussain Akhtar, Shear Brow ward councillor, said: “This is just the kind of thing we need in the area.

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“I’m always keen to bring more businesses to Blackburn and I hope that this one will be a success.”

Dishes will include Malaysian chicken, chilli chicken, Chinese lamb curry, chilli prawns, caramel chicken, teriyaki chicken, Schezuan beef stir fry and crispy prawns, with vegetarian options.

The launch of the halal-certified eaterie comes as part of mini-boom in franchise restaurants in Blackburn in recent months.

Frankies has been attracting scores of customers to its fledgling operation in Salford, after converting the long-closed former Pitchers Bar, and East Z East is going strong at the old Blakey’s bar on Northgate.

German Doner Kebab has also confirmed it will be taking over the Maida dining hall, at Eanam, early next year.

But there have also been casualties along the way, with Frankie and Benny’s shutting up shop on Lower Audley Street last April.

By Peter Magill

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

New Noodle bar to create 15 jobs in Nottingham

March 28, 2019

Oodles Chinese UK – Some 15 jobs are set to be created in Nottingham after a fast casual dining brand revealed it is to open in the city.

Oodles Chinese, which already has six branches in the UK, will officially opened its doors on Mansfield Road, on Saturday March 30th.

The opening is part of an ambitious growth strategy for the brand targeting 10 more openings by 2020 creating over 200 new jobs. In the next few months, it will open stores in Coventry, Leeds, London, Blackburn and Preston. Earlier this month it opened its first store in the North West in Bolton and first store in the South at Luton.

Mohammed Umar, director, said: “We are delighted to open our first store in Nottingham which is well overdue and definitely due to demand.

“We chose Mansfield Road specifically due to the high footfall in the area and we already have a large fan base here in the city.

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“We genuinely believe our concept of fresh and unique tasting food is something Nottingham has never experienced before.

“We have created a warm authentic, inviting design in this store especially with a live cooking element so customers feel closer to the Oodles Chinese experience of freshly prepared food as soon as they walk into the new restaurant.

“Our aim now going forward is to really drive our expansion and want this Mansfield Road store to be the first of a long chain in the region creating jobs for the locality.”

“We are now actively looking for new sites and franchise partners in the region and across the UK to help us achieve our expansion plans.”

By Sam Metcalf

Source: The Business Desk