A popular Barnsley restaurant is boosting its business by launching a range of ready meals, cooked in its kitchens.
Jaz Boparai, who opened Chilli Restaurant on Market Street in 2004, said: “Although the restaurant is doing well, we are in challenging economic times so it’s about finding alternative revenue streams.
“It also helps customers who may be feeling the pinch.
“Our meals are quite different as Indian food is normally Bangladeshi or Kashmiri but our meals are Punjabi so we use much less oil. They are made in the kitchen from the restaurant recipe so people get restaurant quality meals at home.”
The meals are on sale in 12 outlets around Barnsley, ranging from Costcutter to farm shops and Jaz is now planning to expand the range to include bhajis and samosas.
Jaz is receiving support in his new venture from Barnsley Council, Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) and Enterprising Barnsley, the agency set up to help Barnsley-based businesses develop and expand, generate economic growth and create new jobs.
Kevin Steel, business development manager at BBIC, said: “Chilli already has a superb reputation in Barnsley so we’re working with Jaz to capitalise on that to ensure Chilli at Home is a success. We’re providing Jaz with a range of support, including a sales and marketing food and drink specialist, who is helping to identify potential stockists and partners.”
Jaz has been keen to ensure his new venture benefits other Barnsley businesses and the branding and design work for the ready meal packaging was done by local firm Pixelfinity.