Nepalese Nameste Cuisine in Maidstone set to take over expanding Music Matters store

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A town center restaurant is set to double in size after expansion plans were submitted to the council.

Proposals from the Nepali cuisine Nameste – formerly known as Gurkha cuisine – in Week Street, Maidstone, would see it take over the vacant Music Matters store next door.

Nepalese Nameste Cuisine, formerly the Gurkha restaurant on Maidstone Week Street, has submitted plans to expand to neighboring Music Matters

The restaurant, near Maidstone East station, underwent a refurbishment and name change in June after customers got confused with the Gurkha Kitchen, next to Maidstone West station a mile away.

The Asian-inspired restaurant currently seats 32 customers but expects to have room for another 20 if plans are approved by local authorities.

Manager Anish Prajapati told KentOnline the restaurant has to turn away customers at the end of the week and on weekends because it is so popular.

He said: “We’re fine during the week, but at the weekend it’s so crowded that we don’t have room.

“Music Matters has decided to close during the pandemic and we have spoken with the owner about taking it over and expanding.

The restaurant hopes to add 20 covers to its site in the city center
The restaurant hopes to add 20 covers to its site in the city center
Nepalese Nameste Kitchen underwent a renovation earlier this year
Nepalese Nameste Kitchen underwent a renovation earlier this year

“We took over the restaurant earlier this year when it was Gurkha Restaurant and it already had a good reputation which helped.

“We have the same chef and staff as before, which has helped.”

Asked about the current climate for restaurants in the city, two of which closed without notice last week, Anish added: “I think the market is back to normal and everything should be fine.”

Nepalese Nameste Cuisine currently employs seven people and hopes to recruit two more part-time staff if plans materialize.

A decision on the plans, which would see a new toilet, lounge area and expanded kitchen, is expected in September.

The restaurant has changed its name after customers confused it with Gurkha cuisine a mile away
The restaurant has changed its name after customers confused it with Gurkha cuisine a mile away

If given the green light, the restaurant will be closed for three weeks to fit out the old music store and hopes to open in October.

You can consult the planning application here with the reference 22/503485/FULL.

The restaurant is also currently closed for two weeks as it installs new flooring.

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