Future of Sheffield eatery featured on The Restaurant Inspector ‘in hands of God’

Zanzibar restaurant, Fulwood Road, has closed. Picture: Andrew Roe
Zanzibar restaurant, Fulwood Road, has closed. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield eatery famously featured on The Restaurant Inspector has closed ‘temporarily’ - with uncertainty over whether it will reopen.

Zanzibar restaurant on Fulwood Road, Broomhill, shut to customers last week, with bookings cancelled.

The retail unit has been offered for let to other businesses by the landlord.

But restaurant owner Godson Ogwudire said he still hopes he may be able to reopen his business, which serves African cuisine, at the site.

He said it has been shut to allow ‘refurbishment’ to take place, but added he is uncertain whether it will reopen again.

“It is in the hands of God,” he said.

He said there are also ongoing ‘legal issues’ regarding the future of the restaurant.

Mr Ogwudire said: “At the moment the restaurant is not serving any customers.

“It is temporarily shut at the moment.

“It is not decided when it will be reopening. If it is not reopening, I will make people aware.”

He thanked all past and present customers for their support of the restaurant.

His business was featured on Channel 5 show The Restaurant Inspector in 2012 when it was known as UK Mama.

Presenter Fernando Peire, a director of the world-famous London restaurant The Ivy, provided some forthright criticisms of the restaurant and spat out some of the food he tried. As a result of the show, the restaurant’s name was changed to Zanzibar, while the business was given a makeover.