Monday, February 13, 2017

News: Neelagiree opens in Rotherham town centre


A new Indian restaurant, Neelagiree, has provided another boost to the night time economy in Rotherham town centre.

An £800,000 investment has transformed a former bar and nightclub on the corner of Westagte and Ship Hill into a 130-cover restaurant that opened last month.

Operating seven days a week, from 12 noon until 11pm, serving a tasty variety of regional Indian dishes cooked by highly skilled chefs with years of experience, including Keralan Fish Curry and Masala Dosa, Neelagiree also offers a lunchtime buffet, take away service and value-for-money quick lunch menu, ideal for the town centre workforce.


Neelagiree is the latest venture of local company PRSL and since opening last month, managing director Rex Oustine Jose said the restaurant has been really busy, particularly at weekends.

Jose said: "I felt that there was a great opportunity here as the town centre is lacking a similar restaurant offering such a variety of Indian dishes. We decided it was an ideal time to take up the challenge and contribute towards the efforts being undertaken by the Council's Regeneration Team to increase footfall.

"Westgate was the perfect location and we're hoping it will give a boost to the evening economy, as well as adding to the wide variety of lunchtime eateries that can be enjoyed by the people who live and work here."

Cllr. Denise Lelliott, cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, added: "It's great news that yet another new business is opening here in the town centre and I'm pleased that the Council is supporting this new venture with business and marketing advice."

The restaurant opening follows on from the opening of new bar, 1915 on nearby Domine Lane.

Both come as plans progress for high profile developments in the area - the proposed development of a town centre leisure hub on Forge Island and the redevelopment of Westgate Chambers, bringing much of the building back into use with retail, leisure and residential aspects.

Neelagiree website

Images: Neelagiree Facebook


redpola February 13, 2017 at 12:02 PM  

No website, weeks after opening? It would take two minutes to put menus on there. If not, create a Facebook page and put the menus there. How do you expect people to visit, particularly after reports of lengthy waits for food, if you don't tell them what you're offering?

There's little passing trade there- you want to be a destination business. Act like it. Having a work in progress web site with menus or at the bare minimum a Facebook page is just obvious, cheap, fast and simple.

redpola February 13, 2017 at 2:45 PM  

Fair play- that's great news! My point stands however. They didn't have a Facebook page at launch, which is either tremendously arrogant or plain crazy. The effort involved is almost zero and gives them an internet shopfront for free. It's this kind of behaviour that makes me wonder whether a business is serious about being successful or not. Now they have the facebook page they can respond to their negative reviews publicly and also accrue positive reviews.

Unknown February 14, 2017 at 11:51 AM  


Thanks for your positive and valuable comments. We understand your intentions to see this business a huge success. Many thanks.

We have our official opening (Grand opening) planned for 10th march. We had a soft launch. a few senior management staff will only Join us by end of this month.

Our Website is ready to go live but on hold for now. News paper & radio adverts and other marketing and sales promotions, and news feed are planned as well These will be done shortly. As you rightly pointed out, we have some shortfalls in the service/Front office and a bit of renovation works pending. With out any adverts and promotions our evenings and weekends were fairly busy and Saturdays we were packed. we believe it will be suicidal to bring in more and more customers and send them out unsatisfied.

We are serious about our business and did our home works before we decided to go ahead with this project. We don't believe it will be wise to promote the business on a large scale till such time we are fully equipped to keep all our customers go out highly satisfied even at the busiest times.

please bear with us for a max of 2 to 3 weeks and we are all set. I am sure Rotherham will be proud to have us here in due course of time.

Anonymous,  February 14, 2017 at 12:51 PM  

Sorry won't be going -I won't eat halal meat on principal

Mr me February 22, 2017 at 1:52 AM  

Im same,I always have prawn dishes😝

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