Monday 10th September 2012
DELHI 41 on Whittington Moor has now been open for 12 months and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best Indian Restaurants in Chesterfield.
Warm and welcoming surroundsings at Delhi 41
The restaurant - which also does takeaways - was opened by the Mayor of Chesterfield in 2011, Cllr Peter Barr, and is a blend of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.
Behind the good food and welcoming surroundings though lies a family business and a story of triumph over illness.
Al Rahman, who is the main face of the restaurant, was born and brought up in Sheffield and moved to Chesterfield having worked at restaurants in the area.
He says that he's been overwhelmed by the response he's had and is enjoying fronting the Delhi 41 experience, "It's been very good, we have tried to get out there and promote ourselves, which is why we're not lacking customers and have had a good response this last year."
It's not been easy for Al though, who was diagnosed with Wilson's disease and, despite disability, says he's determined to keep working and keeping active. "I was 15 when my dad forced me to start working in the family business and 21 a when I began work in the family restaurant.
"I became ill at 22 and I was out for 4 years, then I got myself back and started to move on. I wanted to keep busy and to be here today - it's about survival, helping people out.
"I make sure there's someone to talk to when they come here - it's about being comfortable in this zone. My family, who run the business with me, are behind me and make sure I don't fall hard. But I enjoy working, I've always known the value of money and that I had to work for it."
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