Brother to attack Diamonds restaurant after losing his license
The younger brother of a former restaurateur who lost his license after a Covid breach is delighted to take over the business and give it an “exciting” new identity.
Diamonds on 82 Upper St Giles Street in Norwich has been stripped of his liquor license after councilors heard he breached national lockdown restrictions by serving food and drink to more than a dozen customers for a funeral commemoration.
But now, 21-year-old chef Klodjan Xhaferrllari is turning his older brother Olgert’s ‘dream’ Mediterranean cafe into ‘Lords Restaurant’ – and has asked Norwich City Council for permission to serve again alcohol to customers.
Diamonds, Mr Xhaferrllari explained, never opened to the public until his brother had to leave the company.
He took the scene on October 19 last year, but the coronavirus pandemic had sabotaged his plans to open.
“My brother has never stood up with Diamonds and that’s a shame,” Mr. Xhaferrllari said. “He made a mistake but what happened happened.
“He invested so much money in this restaurant, so even though he knew he could no longer be involved in its operation, he wanted to see it in good hands.
“With a loan from my father, who runs his own bakery and pizzeria in Albania, I then bought the restaurant from my brother. I’m going to turn the tide completely and make my brother’s dream come true.
“I am really delighted to rename it and put it into operation. The people of Norwich are so friendly and welcoming.”
Mr Xhaferrllari, who came to Norwich from Albania last year, has just completed his chef training and intends to be as involved in the kitchen as he will be in the restaurant.
He explained, “At Lords, we’ll be serving steaks, three kinds of pizza and pasta, and then seafood.
“I’m going to be in charge of everything, so I hope everything goes well.”
Klodjan Xhaferrllari submitted the license application to City Council on May 17 on behalf of his company, Mediterranean Fine Dining Limited.
The last date the public can comment on the plans is June 14.