RIGHT INGREDIENTS: Ajay Bakshi from Indian Balti.
RIGHT INGREDIENTS: Ajay Bakshi from Indian Balti. Christopher Chan GLABUSI

Location draws in the customers

INDIAN Balti owner Ajay Bakshi said his restaurant had seen a surge of customers he hadn't predicted. That's the good news.

As Mr Bakshi explains, the start-up wasn't always smooth sailing.

"We had a lot of hiccups initially," he said.

"The biggest was Telstra."

As reported in May, several businesses had issues with connecting telephones and internet. They were forced to operate for some time without a landline.

Those problems were overcome and Mr Bakshi said the customers had arrived in droves. The restaurant had been selling roughly double the number of meals each day he initially forecast.

"I think this is going to be the central point of Gladstone," he said of Kirkwood.

While he believes the restaurant's strong start has been due to its quality food, good service, prices and great tasting food, Mr Bakshi sees the location as one of his best ingredients.

Apart from being easily reached from Gladstone, he said customers in Boyne-Tannum could easily access the centre via the new Kirkwood Rd extension.



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