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Turtle Bay to open 6 new restaurants

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Turtle Bay has sealed a deal that will see it open six new restaurants. 

The Caribbean-inspired food chain, which already boasts locations in Milton Keynes, Southampton and Nottingham, has come to an agreement with Santander Corporate & Commercial, Catering Insight reports. 

It means six restaurants are being opened in 2013 and so the owners will have to purchase a lot of commercial catering equipment over the coming months. Once the expansion project has been completed, there will be ten Turtle Bay eateries across England.

Exciting times are ahead 

The group is headed by Ajith Jajawickrema, who has significant experience in this sector. He set up Las Iguanas in 1991 and there are now over 30 outlets in the UK, which means he understands the demands of the hospitality sector. 

"I'm delighted that we've secured this funding with Santander, which will enable us to open up to ten new restaurants and create around 200 new jobs over the next couple of years," Mr Jajawickrema stated. 

"It is a unique dining experience, so we hope our new locations will prove as popular as they have been in the four locations we already have."

New catering equipment

Thanks to the financing deal, half a dozen new kitchens are going to be built and this means there are plenty of decisions to be taken. For example, the group has to decide what commercial restaurant equipment it wants to buy in order to properly kit out these locations. 

Simon Whyatt, relationship director for Santander Corporate & Commercial, praised the Turtle Bay concept, as it helped convince the lender to provide funds for expansion. 

He said the casual Caribbean dining concept is not something being offered by other restaurants and so his organisation has complete faith in the future success of the development. 

A laid back approach 

Turtle Bay claims to draw on "different personalities, cultures and charm" in order to offer a unique dining experience. Indeed, the interior design of the space is different to what is offered elsewhere, as it is presented as an open street kitchen. 

Indeed, a recent review of the location by the Nottingham Journal praised the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that can be found in the eatery. Thanks to its colourful decor, ceiling fans and hand-written menu boards, a truly laid back vibe has been created. The customer service was also well thought of, as service with a smile appears to be one of the central tenets of the chain. 

Dennis Janisse, restaurant manager of the Nottingham Turtle Bay, said the location is perfect for people looking to chill out, spend time with their friends and family and enjoy good food. "Expect vibrant surrounding, exceptional flavours and a truly relaxed and friendly atmosphere," he added.

In an effort to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, Turtle Bay also offers a takeaway service, which means people can enjoy the Caribbean-inspired food - ranging from jerk chicken to curry goat - from the comfort of their home if they would prefer to. ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801590874-ADNFCR

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