Ruined Sheffield restaurant will return

Abdul Ghafoor, owner of the Jinnah restaurant and bar, Ecclesfield, which has been damaged by fire.
Abdul Ghafoor, owner of the Jinnah restaurant and bar, Ecclesfield, which has been damaged by fire.
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The defiant owners of a restaurant which was damaged following a suspected arson attack have vowed to reopen.

The Jinnah Indian Restaurant in The Common in Ecclesfield was targeted in the early hours of last Friday.

Three members of staff who were sleeping above the conservatory, where the fire started, escaped unhurt.

Although the fire was contained within the conservatory, smoke spread throughout the building, meaning that reopening immediately was not possible.

Now one of the owners of Jinnah, Tanveer Khan, says he expects the restaurant to be open again in four to six weeks following refurbishment.

“We thought about only closing the conservatory and continuing to serve meals in the restaurant, but the damage is too great,” said Mr Khan, who has co-owned Jinnah for the last six years.

“There has been a lot of talk about whether we’re re-opening and I would like to assure our customers that we are,” he said.

“We have built a great relationship with the people in the community and around 80 per cent of our customers are regulars and we’re going to reopen for them.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers are treating the fire as arson and an investigation is under way.”