Family business owners sold pub in Daventry town centre that may be converted into new Indian restaurant

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A family recently took the “sad” decision to close its pub in Daventry town centre.

Pasha’s Bar and Restaurant, located in Market Square, closed down in May 2024.

After selling the property, Pammy Raydemir and her husband, Mahmut (Ata), revealed that the new owners are planning to establish a new restaurant at the location.

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By the end of the month, one of the new owners, Ash Miah, reportedly intends to open an Indian restaurant at the venue.

Mahmut (Ata) Raydemir and his wife, Pammy, pictured at Pasha’s Bar and Restaurant’s opening ceremony.Mahmut (Ata) Raydemir and his wife, Pammy, pictured at Pasha’s Bar and Restaurant’s opening ceremony.
Mahmut (Ata) Raydemir and his wife, Pammy, pictured at Pasha’s Bar and Restaurant’s opening ceremony.

Pammy said: “It was too much for us. We could not cope with it. My husband was working seven days a week.

“It is a really lovely place. It was sad for us to do that, but we had to because it was just not sustainable.”

The restaurant opened its doors to the public in February 2023.

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Pammy said: “We took it on; we did all the renovations, and we had some ideas. First, we were thinking of the upstairs to open as a steakhouse. That was one of the ideas.

“And the downstairs to be like a regular pub. And then it was that idea of renovating it and selling it. And then eventually, that didn't materialise. So we opened it up. We really went for it for that year; I mean, we did so much. So much.”

Situated in the Abbey Building, the historical Georgian property was established in 1826 as a National School before being repurposed as pubs and clubs.

People were very excited because they had so many memories there.

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“There was a lot of work that went in there. We spend a lot of money renovating that place,” said Pammy.

The husband and wife refurbished the single-storey building's first floor, adding a bar, stage, dance floor, and sitting area.

“It was amazing. I think it was a very good addition to the town.

“It was a gift to Daventry, really. The building was derelict and sort of just going down,” said Pammy.

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Pasha's Bar and Restaurant was formally closed last month after the family sold its premises.

It is understood plans are underway to change the venue into a “traditional” pub downstairs with an Indian restaurant on the first floor with new owners in place.

She said that the pub's name could change soon.

“Pasha is actually a real gold mine if people do it the right way.

“It is a place that will be fantastic for events,” said Pammy.

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The family has been running the award-winning Alacati Grill Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine in High Street, Daventry, since November 2020.

“Alacati is really our baby. I mean, it is our business. We love it.

“We invite everybody to come to our Alacati and try our authentic Turkish cuisine. It is all freshly made and top quality meat. It is a taste of Turkey, really, on your doorstep,” said Pammy.

The restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday, between 5pm and 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 11pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.

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