New restaurant brings boost to Rotherham town centre

Published Tuesday, 7th March 2017
Neelagiree owner Rex
Rex Oustine Jose at Neelagiree

Diners in Rotherham have a reason to celebrate with the official opening of a brand new restaurant this week.

Hot on the heels of the recent opening of 1915 Bar & Bistro on Domine Lane, Indian restaurant Neelagiree has now opened just around the corner on Westgate.

The official opening takes place this Friday, 10 March, at 12 noon.

The 130-cover restaurant is open 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. There’s also 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, underlining his decision to site his new venture in Rotherham and invest over £800,000.

"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," he added.

Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, 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.

"Following the recent opening of 1915 Bar and Bistro, it's a sign that the town's night-time economy is on the up."

The venue also has an upstairs function room suitable for meetings, weddings, parties etc. which will be available for bookings in the near future once refurbishment is complete.