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Dream come true as Amjath opens Polaris restaurant at Carriage House

A St George's entrepreneur has realised his dream of taking over the first restaurant where he went to look for a job when starting out in business.

Abdul Amjath is set to open Polaris at the Carriage House tomorrow with property owner David Summers of Wilkinson Estates cutting the ribbon at the official ceremony.

It is the latest eatery to be launched in the town following Wong's Golden Dragon Restaurant in York Street, which opened earlier this month.

The Carriage House, which was one of the town's oldest and well-established restaurants, closed at the end of 2009 as a result of the economic downturn.

But now Mr Amjath and his wife Carolann are hoping to give the venue a new lease of life after moving their business there from its previous location at the St George's Dinghy and Sports Club.

And he will be looking to maintain the same high level of service the restaurant became known for while offering a mix of local food, including fish and lobsters, with steaks and prime cuts of beef as well as sushi - all at a reasonable price.

“We are planning to keep the same old Carriage House including the great service and food and we will be adding sushi and take-outs,” he said.

The restaurant will be run by manager Michael Williams, chef Rina Tecson (both from Polaris), three kitchen staff, four waiters and three part-timers, helping to boost the local job market.

“The Carriage House is the first place I went to look for a job, so for me now to be running it is like a dream come true,” he said.

Mr Amjath said there had already been a lot of local interest in the new restaurant and a number of St George residents had remarked to him that they were happy to see it reopening.

He said that while some renovations had been carried out it was essentially the same building inside that patrons would be familiar with.

“The Carriage House will always be the Carriage House,” he said.

“Eighty percent of the staff are local and we would like to encourage Bermudians come down and sample what we have to offer.

“I think that people are genuinely excited about the new restaurant and we look forward to welcoming and serving them in the future.”

Mr Amjath thanked Mr Summers for his assistance in helping with the preparation of the new restaurant and said he hoped some of his loyal customers at Dinghy and Sports Club would follow them down there to its new location in Water Street.

For the connoisseur there will be flavoured tobaccos, cigars and a selection of fine wines. Private functions and birthday parties can also be booked.

The Carriage House will be open seven days a week for lunch from 11am to 3pm, dinner between 6pm and 10pm and Sunday brunch from 12pm to 4pm. Happy hour will also be held on Friday between 5pm and 7pm and there will be a barbecue every Wednesday during the season.

The landmark restaurant, which opened its doors in 1970, was previously owned and run by George Hoermann, who died two years ago.

For more information contact 297-0786 or 297-1730 or email info[AT]polarisrestaurant.com

Photo by Mark Tatem New start: Polaris restaurant owners Abdul Amjath and his wife Carolann and daughter Haajira in the Carriage House in St George, where they will open for business tomorrow

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Published March 29, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated March 29, 2011 at 10:26 am)

Dream come true as Amjath opens Polaris restaurant at Carriage House

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