Have traditional indian restaurants peaked?
Skills shortages are widely cited as a growing problem for traditional Indian restaurants in the UK.
Smaller outlets have complained that the vacancies are changing the food they serve, making them rely on easier-to-make fusion dishes, and warning that frozen food will become more commonplace. In addition, as primarily small, independent family businesses, their continuity depends on second and third generation family members wanting to continue in a trade which demands hard work and unsociable hours. In many cases the children whose parents have worked hard to help them through university now want to become doctors and lawyers rather than work in the family restaurant business. In some cases those who have developed careers in other professions are returning to the restaurant business with a different perspective and a new vision.
'Curry crisis as Indian restaurants a week are closing down as skills shortage bites Britain is facing an unprecedented curry crisis as ageing chefs shut up shop at a rate of two restaurants a week. And while it is still one of the nation's favourite foods, as may as 33,000 people could lose their jobs in the coming years, as traditional curry houses close their doors to customers. At least two businesses are facing the axe each week as first generation restaurant owners from India and Pakistan opt to retire'. (MIRROR online August 2015).
'Is this the end of the traditional Friday night beer and biryani? Thousands of Indian restaurants and pubs have closed across Britain in the last five years' (Mail Online January 2016)
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