Asparagus Bar and Grill restaurant set for grand opening in Sudbury
Damla Akkul is getting ready for the grand opening of her new restaurant in Sudbury tomorrow.
The 27-year-old manager and her team of 10 are launching the Asparagus Bar & Grill in Gainsborough Street in the former Prezzo restaurant, which closed last year.
The new, independent, Turkish restaurant is offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary dishes, as well as steak from the grill and fish. It has been redecorated throughout since Prezzo vacated the building.
Damla’s uncle, Hasam Oner, from London, is the brainchild behind the new business, adding the Asparagus Bar & Grill to another Turkish restaurant he already has in London.
“My uncle came to Sudbury and found this restaurant was available and we officially open on March 1,” said Damla.
“We are an independent restaurant. We have a team of eight to 10 people, some from London and some from the area, and we have a chef from Turkey.
“We’ve been getting the team together ready to open,” she added.
Utilising the same space as the previous restaurant, the venture is offering the use of its upstairs room for private parties of up to 60 people.
On the menu will be a mix of traditional Turkish dishes, such as cold and hot mixed meze, salads and steak, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.
Lamb and chicken dishes feature as the chef’s specials, along with traditional dishes such as falafel, grilled sucuk, pieces of Turkish beef sausages, and skewered kofte and shish dishes.
The restaurant will be competing with another Turkish restaurant, Alaz Turkish Cuisine, which opened on the corner of Cross Street and Church Street last year.
Damla said the name for the new restaurant – Asparagus Bar & Grill – was chosen because of the affinity the vegetable has in Turkish cooking.
“We do use a lot of asparagus in our menu, so that was the reason we chose the name,” she said.
“We will also be specialising in serving cocktails.”