When I reviewed The Mad Turk in Stamford’s St Paul’s Street last May, it was obvious the popular little restaurant’s biggest problem was always going to be finding room for would-be diners.
Come Friday and Saturday night there would regularly be a three or four week wait for a table, and it has pretty much been that way since it opened almost two years ago .
So I’m sure the conversion of the room upstairs to accommodate another 20 covers will go down very well with the paying public keen to experience what the Mad Turk has to offer ( I gave it 9/10 by the way).
The first floor has been fitted out in a Turkish-Cypriot style to match the downstairs dining area.
A new bar has been created and a new barbecue grill has been installed in the kitchen to cater for the extra customers.
Co-owner Shelly Kazim, who runs The Mad Turk with husband Ertunch, known as Kaz, said: “The customers are really quite pleased. We already have a waiting list for Saturday nights.
“It’s a really exciting time. We are really pleased that we are doing so well still. We are not just flavour of the month any more.”
Meanwhile another popular eaterie in the town under new ownership is hoping that a (slight) name change and exciting plans will take it from strength to strength.
Almost hidden away just off Ironmonger Street the recently rebranded No. 3 The Yard (formerly Jim’s Yard) has been attracting enthusiastic diners for more than eight years.
The 70+ covers courtyard restaurant is now under the stewardship of Simon McEnery and Tim Luff.
Simon said: “We needed to make it clear through our brand that we are no longer “Jim’s” but also want to make diners aware that the emphasis on superbly cooked and presented food very much remains.”
“We have already made a few tweaks here and there to the menu.
“The restaurant’s public areas enjoyed a minor makeover and we have numerous special events planned for the coming year.”
Buzzing about changes at The Beehive:
The popular Beehive pub/restaurant off Bourges Boulevard has freshened up its appearance (inset pic) after closing for a couple of days last month.
Manager Lauren Trevor said: “We chose some fabulous and appropriate wallpaper from the Farrow & Ball range with little bees on it, as we are ‘The Beehive’ we just couldn’t resist it!
“It’s really important to us that our standards remain high so we wanted to freshen up our general appearance with a lick of paint all round in addition.
“We have also just invested £20,000 on a state of the art walk in fridge/ freezer for our kitchen, this adds to our collection of quality equipment that ensures the food at The Beehive matches our beautiful decor.”