No tourism? Sha­heed doesn’t de­spair

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Mo­hammed Sha­heed watched his flour­ish­ing seafood busi­ness sud­denly grind to a halt as the COVID-19 pan­demic shut down the tourism in­dus­try.

His busi­ness, Par­adise Seafood raked in close to $250,000 an­nu­ally with sup­plies to ho­tels and re­sorts be­ing his big­gest money earner.

Busi­ness plans

Mr Sha­heed de­cided he was not go­ing to de­spair over this and im­me­di­ately set about plans to build a restau­rant and out­door eatery over­look­ing the sea.

Set above the hill at Saweni, along the Queen’s High­way in Lau­toka, Par­adise Restau­rant and the out­side eatery will surely en­tice a lot of peo­ple be­cause of its van­tage point.

“I have spent around $40,000 so far and the restau­rant is about two months away from open­ing, while the out­door eatery aims to open in two weeks’ time,” Mr Sha­heed said. “I had other plans to build a big apart­ment block and a large seafood shop but the pan­demic has spoilt all those plans. “That’s when I de­cided to move into this busi­ness of restau­rant and out­side eatery as the place hasa very good view of the ocean.”

Mr Sha­heed said all food sold would be halal and the out­side eatery will be mainly fish, chicken and chips.

“The restau­rant will have all dif­fer­ent food for sale.

“My seafood busi­ness was do­ing re­ally well but I have de­cided not to think about it and move on,”he said.

I have spent around $40,000 so far and the restau­rant is about two months away from open­ing, while the out­door eatery will open in two weeks’ time.

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

Mo­hammed Sha­heed still work­ing on the Par­adise Restau­rant and the out­door eatery be­hind him

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