Leicester’s premier classic Indian restaurant owner, Shaf Islam, buys out long-term business partner Simon Postlethwaite as the restaurant gets ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary
Located in the thriving cultural quarter, Chutney Ivy has evolved into more than a classic Indian restaurant and is now a prestigious bar and venue for celebration and business events. As they reach their 10th anniversary, Shaf has undertaken another leap in business by going it alone, in buying out long-term business partner Simon.
“Having been known as the Morcombe and Wise of the Cultural Quarter, we have a long-established great working relationship, but I felt with the changing times I wanted to go it alone and Simon felt ready for change too. It’s a new chapter as we continue to grow, and I am excited for what 2020 will bring.”
Simon said “After 10 years I felt the time was right to move on. I wish Shaf every success in the future and will always be around to support him as he continues to create a restaurant and venue in our city with an exceptional reputation.”
Shaf, who opened the restaurant at the height of the recession, has always believed in taking risks in business, and opening in difficult economic times is evidence of this belief. “I took a Quantum Leap with the restaurant; I think people at the time thought I was mad! But I am proof that with hard work you can make it happen. We have become a restaurant on the map, not only in the Cultural Quarter, but in the city and beyond.
We have bookings from all over the UK and often have local celebrities visit!”
Their networking curry club has been a huge success, with businesses regularly using the location as an after-work network location.
The Ivy Lounge bar below the restaurant is host to a range of events and celebrations with Shaf looking to continue this evolution into 2020.
“We are a social hub of the city and with many networking and parties already booked for a majority of 2020, our reputation as an exclusive place to be in the city will continue to thrive.”