Petrol attack shopkeeper opens spice shop and restaurant in former pub
- Credit: Liz Coates
The new owner of a former pub says he has received a warm welcome despite initial grumblings about the loss of a once popular watering hole.
Yogarajah Krishnapillai prides himself on being able to source fresh vegetables from across the world imported from India and Sri Lanka, as well as trying to obtain specific items on request.
The 49-year-old, who lives in Gorleston with his wife and children, has transformed the former Gallon Pot on Great Yarmouth's historic Market Place and Church Plain into a spice shop called World of Spices, an off-licence, and restaurant.
As well as trading in an array of Asian foods over two floors, there is also a restaurant on the site - which is run as a separate enterprise - opening on Sunday (October 24) called the Indian Food Club.
What made that special was that it was run by cooks using authentic spices and ingredients from his shop, he said.
Moving to the Gallon Pot meant closing his Asian grocery shop in Broad Row.
The bigger unit - although expensive to remodel - means he can stock a wider variety of produce as well as benefit from a more visible spot with better parking, he said.
- 1 City teen gets celebrity backing for prom dress
- 2 City chip shop might be SINKING but refuses to close
- 3 Restaurant with 'interactive dining experience' to open in Norwich
- 4 Country pub announces closure due to rising costs
- 5 'We just want to hold our son' - Plea for help to bring miracle baby home
- 6 Class A drugs seized from three men in city woods
- 7 Pub closes for £5,000 refurb to enable it to serve drinks faster
- 8 Man, 67, arrested on suspicion of arson after city flat fire
- 9 Plea to get 5ft mega bush axed from busy pavement
- 10 Four restaurants in Norwich nominated for national awards
Although at first he received some negative feedback from people sad to see the back of the pub they had mostly come round and were happy to be able to get hold of foods they had to travel to Norwich and beyond for before.
Mr Krishnapillai, known as Bobby, previously had a shop Red Pepper in Gorleston High Street.
In 2015 he hit the headlines after a robber poured petrol over him and tried to set him alight. A 36-year-old man was arrested but never charged.
At the time he ran three shops in Norwich.
After the incident he moved to Gorleston, turning his back on convenience store work and - spotting a gap in the spice market - starting up a shop in the high street.
He said he had customers from all over Norfolk and Suffolk, some of whom received whatsapp alerts when particularly desirable ingredients came in stock.
It was rebuilt after being bombed in the Second World War.