Sarajit Chanda and Sarah Ni Loughlan, proprietors of Fuchsia House restaurant Ardee, are selling their famed establishment to concentrate on their thriving Aruna Sauces business.
“We are selling it to our chefs Masud Masud and Liton Sheto,” said Sarah. “All jobs at the restauran are secure and we would like to thank our loyal staff and also our very loyal customers.
“It’s a very emotional break for us but the whole adventure has been very worth it.
“We are making the move to concentrate on our other business Aruna Sauces which has really taken off with six people now employed.
“Ever since we featured on Dragons Den our partnership with Gavin Duffy has gone from strength to strength. We have just secured our first customer in England and are working on enquiries from Holland and the Middle East.”
The name of the product comes from Sarajit’s side of the family.
He was born in Bangladesh and learned to cook in his family kitchen alongside his mother, Aruna who was widely thought to be the best cook in Sherpur Town.
Having done his apprenticeship as a chef in Bangladesh, he went to Calcutta in 1992 where he learned North Indian Cuisine.
North Indian includes Tandoori and use of yoghurt. Sarajit now makes his own yoghurt.
In 1997 he set sail for Syndey where he worked under a master of South Indian cuisine.
Here he learned the use of chillies, curry leaves and vinegar in cooking. In 1999 Sarajit had the good fortune to stumble across an Irish woman who fell in love not only with Indian food, but also with him! Sarajit and Sarah discovered that they shared a love not only of bars and nightclubs, but also of wholesome food, steeped in tradition, made with quality ingredients.