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Dostana Restaurant is celebrating 50 Years of business with 50% OFF for you

9 months ago

Dostana Restaurant is celebrating 50 Years of business with 50% OFF for you
Dostana in Woolton. Credit: Jackie Hansom

Do you still call it The Raj? Or do you know it as Dostana? Either way this family run restaurant in Woolton is celebrating it’s 50th year in business!

To celebrate its 50th year Dostana is offering customers 50% off their food menu for the month of September.

Although the name may have changed, the restaurant has been under the ownership of the same family for the last five decades.

The Raj
The Raj

Danny Karim, Co-owner, said:

“In 1973 my Uncle Abdul, who had been living in the area since the 50’S, opened Kohinoor Restaurant in the centre of Woolton Village and it quickly became a favourite with locals, friends and family. There were no Indian restaurant in the area at that time, and very few in Liverpool city centre, so Abdul wanted to bring the tastes of his home in Bangladesh to the North West.”

After working together for many years Abdul’s brother took over the restaurant in 1989, renaming it The Jewel of India. Ten years later in 1999 the reins were passed to family member Ali, who oversaw the first rebranding of the restaurant.

Danny continued:

“Many of our customers still refer to us as The Raj – we have a place in the hearts of our local customers who have been visiting us for decades. It’s wonderful when we welcome a young family into the restaurant and hear them say ‘My parents used to bring us here back when it was The Raj!’

“We feel like we’ve been a part of their lives for 50 years.”

Dostana food
Dostana food

In 2016, the family took the decision to rebrand again and in honour of their loyal customers renamed the premises Dostana, which means “friendship” in Hindi. 

Danny said:

“Our customers have become our friends and over the years we’ve seen their own families grow. We’ve hosted weddings, marriage proposals, christenings and baby showers. Customers have spent their Christmas Day with us, and it’s wonderful to know that we were there for such special moments in their lives.”

Like many food businesses Dostana also offer takeaway and delivery, however the real jewel in their crown is their restaurant – a distinctive building on Allerton Road which the family believe was constructed in the late 1800’s. 

Dostana Woolton 1900s
Dostana Woolton 1900s

Co-owner Danny has been at the helm for over a decade now, and is keen for a new generation of locals to enjoy what Dostana has to offer. 

Danny added:

“We don’t know exactly how old the building is, but customers have told us they remember it being both a post office, and a local pharmacist. When we extended our kitchen back in the 90’s we actually found some small pharmacy bottles buried underground. We’d love to know more about the history of our place.

“We recently launched a street food menu, which as proven to be really popular with the younger customers who come to us for a bite to eat before their big night out. We also have plans to refurbish our terrace area this year as this is a real suntrap which is popular with our locals”

To celebrate 50 years of business, Dostana will be offering every customer who dines at the restaurant 50% off their food bill for the whole of September.

Customers simply need to quote “HAPPY50” when they make their booking online or over the phone. 

For more info on Dostana click HERE.



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