A long-standing Indian takeway in the centre of Cambridge is closing down after 30 years of serving customers.
Afruz Miah, 54, the owner of Moghul Tandoori on Sturton Street, is retiring at the end of April.
Mr Miah, who took on the takeaway in 1990, claims it was the first of its kind in Cambridge when it opened under a previous owner in 1986.
He thanked his regular customers for their support over the years and said he look forward to spending time with his family.
First of its kind
Mr Miah arrived to the UK from Bangladesh with his parents at the age of nine.
He lived in Manchester and Brentwood in Essex, before settling in Cambridge in 1982.
His first venture in the catering business was an Indian restaurant at 52 Mill Road in Cambridge called Meghna.
A few years later, he started running the Moghul Tandoori.
"I think it was January 15, 1990, I took on Mohgul Tandoori," he said. "So it's just over 28 years now.
"It's the first Indian takeaway in Cambridge. My predecessor opened it. Moghul has been there more than 30 years."
Mr Miah said many of the people he had worked with over the years had gone to work in other restaurants in the area.
'Everyone in Cambridge now does that dish'
Many of these still use a recipe that Mr Miah says he created back in the 1980s – the Chicken Tikka Lababdar.
This is a mild dish where marinated chicken is cooked in a clay oven and flavoured with smoky spices and almonds.
"I was the inventor," he said. "I was the first person to introduce that dish on my menu.
"It's very, very popular. I know everyone in Cambridge now does that dish."
Mr Miah said he had simply chosen to retire and that the restaurant's last day would be April 30.
"I've very mixed feelings about it," he admitted. "I've been there so many years.
"I'm happy that I will have more time to myself and more time with my family and more holidays.
"I will be missing Moghul. You get used to it, you have a routine.
"My regular customers, they became more like friends. I know them over so many years.
"They are sorry that I'm leaving. They understand I've been in this business for many years and I deserve to have a break.
Mr Miah added that he had received lots of good wishes from customers for his retirement.
With decades of experience in the catering business Mr Miah noted that conditions had become harder for some.
"Especially the Indian catering industry is suffering a shortage of staff," he explained.
"It's very difficult to get skilled staff. It's been going on a while now."
Mr Miah has three daughters, two sons and two grandchildren. His son Masood, who helped out at Moghul, paid tribute to his father.
He said: "It has been a very tough call for my father to come to the decision of closing the business after a very long and successful 30 years.
"He has achieved so much from the Moghul Tandoori, and I am happy to say that Im very proud of all his great achievements.
"I am honoured to have been part of this great legacy and to see for myself how hard my father worked to make his business thrive.
"The Moghul Tandoori has been around for as long as I have, so my life will not be the same without it.
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"On behalf of myself and my father, we both feel humbled and privileged to have played a part in serving the Cambridge community. I would like to thank each and everyone of our loyal customers and the community for all their support throughout the years."
His father added: "I'd like to thank all my regular customers who have been using me since I opened my doors to them.
"I'd like to thank them for their cherished friendship and being my loyal customers for so many years. I will miss them."
Mr Miah said he will be keeping the Moghul Tandoori number (01223 355 884) active for customers, with a voicemail recommending other takeaways to try.