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Thali closes two Bristol restaurants

By martin booth, Monday Jun 17, 2019

It has been a Bristol institution for almost two decades but its days may now be numbered.

After being founded as a street food truck at Glastonbury Festival, Thali opened its first restaurant in Montpelier in 2001 and later opened four other restaurants across the city.

After going into administration, four Thali members of staff took on the business themselves in 2018 – in the process saving their own jobs as well as the livelihoods of 80 colleagues – but its future is now once again bleak.

At the start of 2019, Thali had five restaurants across Bristol. There are now only two, including their flagship branch in Easton

A sign has now appeared on the door of the North Street and Clifton Village restaurants informing customers that they have both closed.

The Thali restaurants on York Road in Montpelier and on St Mark’s Road in Easton are both still open.

It follows the closure of the Totterdown branch in March 2019,  and the Thali in Oxford which closed in 2018 a year after opening.

Ramesh Prasad – one of the four members of staff involved in the 2018 staff buyout –  applied for a new alcohol license for the Montpelier restaurant on June 14 using the applicant name AR Junoon Ltd.

Bristol24/7 has approached the Thali team for comment.

The notice in the front door of Thali’s North Street restaurant

A sign announcing its closure has also appeared at the Clifton Village restaurant

Furniture has already been removed from inside the Clifton Village branch on Regent Street

Dominika Sawicka-Harris and Pepe Antonio Blanco Rodriguez are two of the four members of Thali staff who bought the business in 2018, saving it from collapse

Read more: Thali to close Totterdown restaurant with ‘heavy heart’

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