A recent news article in the Birmingham Mail featured Bangladeshi Shahab Uddin who owns Streetly Balti. He makes the valid point that 30% of curry restaurants will probably have to close partly because their owners lack the ability to secure government support that they are eligible to claim. I agree that cutting through the bureaucracy is difficult sometimes but I would ask what the heck the Bangladeshi Restauranteurs Association and the Asian Chamber of Commerce are doing to support their members to access funds … not a lot it seems according to Mr Uddin.
Like a lot of Bangladeshi curry house owners, he couldn’t resist having an unnecessary pop at the ‘cheap and cheerful’ Balti Triangle regarding the need to raise prices but, in fairness, makes the point that many people may have become used to supermarket curries and takeaways and not bother to return to their favourite restaurant. Well, despite the name of his restaurant, he’s obviously never eaten or served up a proper balti. If he had, he would know that the Balti can’t be replicated except in a restaurant or being cooked in the balti pan at home.