After being flooded for the third time, a Todmorden restaurant is set to open its doors again after more than a year out of action.
Months of work followed a settlement with the insurance company and now the Vedas, Fielden Square, Rochdale Road, Todmorden, will re-open next Thursday, September 26, boasting a full refurbishment and a different look which has cost around £200,000 to remedy flood damage and realise.
The restaurant was forced to close after the flooding of June, 2012, and since then chef and owner Abdul Moshaid has worked at two other jobs as well as supervising the refurbishment, unveiled at a preview night shortly before it opens to the public.
It boasts a totally new look to welcome customers, but familiar members of the Vedas team, headed by Abdul, will be there to greet them in the new surroundings.
“Following the floods last year nothing survived, everything that we had was damaged. Since then we have worked on something different. Every wall and every ceiling we have gutted and done up again,” he said.
Seven months’ work, including strengthening the restaurant’s flood defences, is now virtually finished and Abdul has chosen an industrial look which links in with Todmorden’s history. Fittings and lighting includes some originally used in the building - for much of it’s life Waddington’s printers, original owners of the Todmorden News - and original brickwork and pillars have been exposed and cleaned to reveal how it looked through the years when Todmorden got its motto “By Industry we Prosper”.
In terms of food, the Vedas will return with the blend of Indian and western cuisine which had so much appealed to a customer base built up over the nine years since it first opened, with some extras, and the decor also reflects the mix with images of industry nestling next to photographs taken on the sub-continent. “Our menu, will also include some healthier options and grilled food and there will be some open flame cooking,” said Abdul.
The new decor looks set to show it off to good effect when the Vedas welcomes guests again from next week.