The owner of a defunct cocktail bar in Princes Avenue which only stayed open for a matter of months has revealed plans to transform it into a Turkish barbers.
Young entrepreneur Asfand Khan, who has recently opened a new takeaway business called Pizza Mafia in Holderness Road, was forced to shut Jumeriah on the corner of Thoresby Street in July.
The cocktail lounge only opened in March and Mr Khan was confident he could stand out in the trendy west Hull street, despite facing stiff competition from already well established bars and pubs.
Speaking in March, the 23-year-old said: “I am pretty confident we can stand out. I grew up in Princes Avenue. I was raised here and I own another takeaway just down the road.
“I have been here all my life and my face is well known around here. I know how to look after people.
“This is a new place on the block and we want people to come in and support the youngsters. We’ve got a young chef and a young barman and we are hoping that will encourage a crowd of people my age to come in and give us a go.”
Although he was optimistic of success, Mr Khan, who also owns nearby Khan Pizza and runs his own property business, said he found it difficult finding “reliable” staff to run the bar in his absence.
He said: “I had to leave on business for a meeting in Dubai and then I went to Pakistan. I left it with people that I thought would run it but it went downhill when I came back and I had a lot on with my own property management company and then with opening Pizza Mafia in east Hull.
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“It was hard finding reliable staff but we’ve got other plans for the place and hopefully it will be back open soon.”
Although Jumeriah was forced to close, Mr Khan is confident that the premises can thrive as a Turkish barbers – and it could be open by as early as next week.
“It will be back open as soon as possible,” he said. “There aren’t many Turkish barbers around Princes Avenue. There are a few down Spring Bank but a lot of the community don’t like to go down there.
“I’ve got all the gear and the equipment and I’m looking to open next week. I’ve already got a couple of barbers that want to be a part of it.”
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Mr Khan says Jumeriah was a risk which did not pay off. However, he has more faith in ‘King Barbers’ being a success in Princes Avenue.
He said: “It’s another place on the map so I just want to open it. Jumeriah was a risk and gamble which didn’t work but it doesn’t mean you give up. This will be a better option with less headaches and stress.”
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