A new Turkish steakhouse and mocktail bar has opened in the city center.
The Hungry Ottoman welcomed its customers for the first time yesterday after opening in the former Walkabout nightclub in Hanley.
The Trinity Street restaurant is split over two levels and specializes in Halal steak and a wide range of non-alcoholic cocktails.
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Guests were treated to live music from rapper Raxstar and a performance by magician Sam De Vere on opening night.
The venue has Turkish decor with opulent Turkish lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
There’s also a hookah bar upstairs and a stage for live music and entertainment.
The venue is a new venture for brothers Dr Mahbub Rahman, of Trentham, and Ash Hasan, of Tunstall.
Dr Rahman works as a general practitioner and also owns his own care company Community Care Worker Ltd, where Ash is the area manager.
The Hungry Ottoman will be run by Dr Rahman’s daughter, Tansuba Binte-Mahbub.
They say they had 100 reservations for their opening night yesterday.
Dr Rahman said: “This is our first restaurant, but we plan to have a chain in every city.
“We decided to open in Stoke-on-Trent because there is nothing else like it here.
“I have a family and we usually go to Manchester for a halal steak because you can’t find it in Stoke-on-Trent.
“Mocktails are also appealing because there is no other restaurant in Stoke-on-Trent that only does mocktails. People come here for that.
“We have 100 reservations for opening night. We didn’t do any advertising, it’s just online and so many people called.
“People have knocked on the door to ask when we open.
“Tonight’s customers said it reminded them of being on vacation in Turkey.”
The Hungry Ottoman offers 16 non-alcoholic cocktails, including a clementine mojito, a summer cup, and a rhubarb and ginger gin-free fizz. There is also a selection of alcohol-free wines.
Four different cuts of steak are offered, along with burgers, noodles, and street food.
The dessert menu includes Turkish baklava, creamy cabbage and a selection of waffles. All food and drinks are also available to take out and can be ordered for delivery through Just Eat, Deliveroo, and UberEats.
There is also a selection of shisha including apples, grapes, mint and raspberries. A shisha can be ordered for two guests for a stay of up to one hour and is available for ages 18 and over.
Amjad Rashid is the owner of the Trinity Street apartment building and says he wanted it to be taken over by something other than a bar or nightclub.
The 43-year-old said: “We bought the premises when it was Walkabout after it closed. It was empty for about a year.
“We wanted to let him out and The Hungry Ottoman approached us, we met them here and that was exactly what we were looking for and it progressed from there.
“There’s nothing like it in Stoke-on-Trent serving Turkish food, so we grabbed it with both hands.
“Walkabout was an iconic bar and that’s one of the reasons we wanted to keep it as a bar and restaurant.
“We didn’t want it to be just a bar or a nightclub. We got a lot of interest from other people who wanted to open it as a bar or nightclub, but it was exactly what we were looking for.
“We hope it brings people back to this area of Hanley. My daughter is studying at Keele University and she said there has been a lot of talk about the new restaurant.
“We wish them well for the future and I will take my family with me.”
Friends Insha Khan and Akasha Hussain came from Birmingham to attend The Hungry Ottoman opening night after seeing their favorite TikToker Maybvlogs promoting it.
Insha Khan, 20, said: “We saw a promotion for this by one of our favorite TikTokers, we thought it would be nice.
“We took a special trip to come here and the interior is so beautiful. I love the lanterns, it gives it a Turkish feel and vibe. I also love the color scheme, it’s calming. is great.
“We ordered mocktails and they are really nice.”
Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Jo Gideon cut the ribbon on opening night. She said: “It’s great to see new businesses choosing to open in Stoke-on-Trent Central and bring new jobs to our area.
“I was honored to be invited tonight to cut the ribbon and officially announce the opening of the venue. Great variety on the menu and delicious non-alcoholic cocktails. I wish them a successful future in their exciting new business . Go ahead and take a look. “
More than 30 jobs were created with the opening.
The Hungry Ottoman will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday.