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A family restaurant in South Woodford is closing its doors after over 40 years
An Indian restaurant opened 40 years ago by the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK is to close.
The Meghna Grill in High Road, South Woodford, will serve its last meals to friends, family and regular customers tomorrow night.
Mazir Uddin, 78, opened the restaurant in 1972, a few years after he moved to the UK.
Mr Uddin was involved in the movement for independence of Bangladesh, and his links with the newly formed government formed in 1971, led to the first High Commissioner of Bangladesh officially opening the restaurant.
Mr Uddin has recently retired and nephews Abdul Hassan and Ahmed Sharif, who have been partners at the Meghna Grill for 14 years, have decided it is the best time to try something new.
Mr Uddin’s son, Faysal Ahmed, 41, of Chelmsford Road in South Woodford, said: "We all wanted to stop when my father was ready to stop."
“We are very saddened about the closing of the restaurant.
“We worked together and we will leave together.”
“The love that we share between family members, we shared with our customers.
“Our heartfelt thanks go to our customers who we feel are really like our family members.”
Dennis Woods, 79, of Hockley Court, has been a regular customer since the restaurant opened and often took his family there.
“We celebrated my grandson’s birthday there last month and all the children loved it,” he said.
“There’s always great service and they don’t use cheap ingredients.
“It will be a sad loss because it’s one of the oldest restaurants in the area.”
There is hope that Mr Hassan will open another restaurant of his own and call it Meghna Grill, carrying on the 40-year family legacy.
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