Goa Spice restaurant franchise establishes another base

Masum and Mamun Ali

A new Indian Restaurant has arrived in Rotherham and is ready to set taste buds alight.

Experienced entrepreneur brothers, Mamun and Masum Ali, whose Goa Spice franchise already has restaurants established across South and West Yorkshire, have set up their latest dining venture at the Double Barrel in Thurcroft.

Mamun Ali said: “We are very excited to be expanding our reach into a great new location in Thurcroft.

“Goan cuisine consists of regional foods of the Goan state, which is located along India’s west coast on the shore of the Arabian Sea.”

Purchased by entrepreneur and CEO of Gala Tent, Jason Mace, in 2013, the Double Barrel has long served the area as a steakhouse bar and restaurant.

It was built in 1971 and has been a well patronised venue and a large part of the community. However, in the wake of the pandemic it closed its doors in February 2021.

The revived venue, which is also licenced, will serve Indian lager on draught, plus a range of additional bottled refreshments and a selection of wines from around the world. It will be opening its doors in June 2021.

Masum Ali said: “We will be investing over £60,000 in new kitchen equipment, mood lighting and authentic décor, everything down to the tablecloths are really high end as we want to complement the building as much as possible.

“The menu is extensive, and we believe we have created affordable luxury for the local community to enjoy.

“Our chefs have a real passion for creating quality Goan spicy food using fresh ingredients.

“To add further value, we will be offering a collection and delivery service so diners can enjoy Goan cuisine in the comfort of their own home.”

Mace added: “I have worked with Mamun and Masum previously with their Mexborough outlet within the Empress Building, which has been a phenomenal success due to the classic location and of course the amazing food they create.

“The Double Barrel will prove to be a much larger scale operation, as it is a huge venue which seats around 140 inside, and there’s space outside for more than 70 additional seats, so any COVID-19 restrictions should not hold this restaurant back.

“The venue genuinely is one-of-a-kind and specialises in large party bookings and exclusive room hire-out.”