Indian Mehfil owner Rajesh Sharma at his D’Arcy Doyle Place restaurant which has reopened after repairs to the leaking roof.
Indian Mehfil owner Rajesh Sharma at his D’Arcy Doyle Place restaurant which has reopened after repairs to the leaking roof. Sarah Harvey

Mehfil restaurant ready to serve

ONE of Ipswich’s most popular restaurants has reopened after being closed for nearly two months.

The team at the Indian Mehfil restaurant, located in d’Arcy Doyle Place, said they were keen to dispel rumours they were closed or moving away.

Owner Rajesh Sharma said because of the Australasian Bank Building’s heritage listing, they could not undertake repairs on their leaky roof themselves.

They closed in early January with Ipswich City Council set to do the repairs, but weather and the large-scale flood meant works only finished this week.

Mr Sharma said despite the setback to his business they were open again on Tuesday night with the same team and keen to see all their old customers return.

“A lot of customers have been inquiring, sending in emails. There’s a lot of concern about whether the restaurant is closed or opening or when it might reopen,” Mr Sharma said.

“There were also rumours that we were refurbishing the building, but it’s not true. It’s a beautiful building and we don’t need to refurbish the inside of it.

“We want people to know we are open again and ready to serve them again.”

Mr Sharma said the restaurant was such a success he was always optimistic it would return to its former popularity.

One loyal customer even offered to pay half of the chefs’ salaries to ensure the restaurant remained open.

“Ipswich has been wonderful to us. The community has supported us big time since we opened,” he said.

He said the team at the restaurant wished all the best for customers and other Ipswich business affected by last month’s devastating flood.

Another restaurant owned by Mr Sharma in Brisbane helped during the flood crisis by cooking more than 500 meals and delivering to evacuation centres around Ipswich.

He said once Indian Mehfil was fully up and running a flood appeal fundraiser would be held.



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