Cakes and Shakes in High Road, Woodford Green closes one year after Ali Rashid took on franchise from James Bryant who was shot in the shop by Temidire Owolabi

Cakes & Shakes closes after new owner fails to shake off old reputation

Ali Rashid and co-manager and Zubain Khaliq outside Cakes & Shakes last year

Cakes and Shakes today.

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A man who took over a milkshake bar after its previous owner was shot on the premises has closed the shop a year after reopening it.

Ali Rashid, 31, took over Cakes and Shakes in High Road, Woodford Green last February, just three months after previous boss James Bryant was gunned down on the premises by 22-year-old Temidire Owolabi.

Mr Bryant survived the attack and Owolabi was jailed for 24 years, although another man who was alleged to have ordered the hit was cleared.

The shooting shocked the community, and Mr Rashid admitted he had doubts about taking on the business after Mr Bryant’s mother agreed to sell him the franchise.

He promised to make the shop a valued part of the local community and win round residents who said it had become a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

He gave up a lucrative career as a software manager in the city to take on the business, but has now brought the shutters down for the last time.

He said: “Cakes and Shakes is no more.

“Over the months we had a number of complaints to head office in regards to rowdy youngsters and littering.

“We had always intended to work with the community to make the local area a better place to live, however, it seems we were always at odds with a number of local residents.

“As a result, as promised, we stuck to our word and decided to close the shop and relocate.”

Mr Rashid has not revealed where the franchise will move to and it is not known if the shop will now be sold.

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11:58am Thu 7 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Who eats ice cream in winter anyhow?

Like selling hot soup in the desert
Who eats ice cream in winter anyhow? Like selling hot soup in the desert Cornbeefur
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12:24pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Alan_1976 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Who eats ice cream in winter anyhow?

Like selling hot soup in the desert
Milkshake bar... selling cakes and milkshakes...

It's almost like they put that fact into the name of the place...
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Who eats ice cream in winter anyhow? Like selling hot soup in the desert[/p][/quote]Milkshake bar... selling cakes and milkshakes... It's almost like they put that fact into the name of the place... Alan_1976
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1:23pm Thu 7 Feb 13

hursthill says...

cornbeefur is "not the brightest spark in the box". - Very opinionated, but not very clever.!
cornbeefur is "not the brightest spark in the box". - Very opinionated, but not very clever.! hursthill
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2:01pm Thu 7 Feb 13

NDevoto says...

He has a collection of very limited stock comments , that he repeats, but is unable to think beyond them.
He has a collection of very limited stock comments , that he repeats, but is unable to think beyond them. NDevoto
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3:49pm Thu 7 Feb 13

fed up man says...

A GREAT LOSS TO THE CULINARY WORLD!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!
A GREAT LOSS TO THE CULINARY WORLD!!! LOL!!!!!!!!! fed up man
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4:19pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

This is a sad loss to the culinary world and I urge any entrepreneurs to consider taking this up a level to sell maybe milk and cakes as well as Ices.
This is a sad loss to the culinary world and I urge any entrepreneurs to consider taking this up a level to sell maybe milk and cakes as well as Ices. Cornbeefur
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10:05pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Ferdy54 says...

Why didn't he rename the shop if it still had that stigma attached to it already?
Why didn't he rename the shop if it still had that stigma attached to it already? Ferdy54
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