The much anticipated opening of Harry Ramsden’s Shipley site took place today, marking the return of the fish and chip chain to Yorkshire, three years after its flagship restaurant closed.
The new outlet on Wrose Road is the result of the partnership between Vikesh and Dimple Patel of JVP Ventures and the senior management team at Harry Ramsden’s.
Vikesh and Dimple joined The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons as well as Harry Ramsden’s director, Frank Romano, and the brand’s mascot, Harry the Haddock, at the official opening of the new outlet.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford said: “I’m delighted that Harry Ramsden’s has decided to come back to Yorkshire and especially that they have chosen to start this welcome return in the Bradford district.”
Vikesh Patel added: “Speaking as a Yorkshire man, I am absolutely thrilled to bring Harry Ramsden’s back to the home of its founder. Our Shipley outlet takes the form of a ‘traditional local’ which is designed to serve the local community and this will be the first of many. We are actively seeking various sites across the region where we can open more locals, as well as larger, ‘destination restaurants’ and already have two further openings planned for later this year.”
Joe Teixeira, CEO of Harry Ramsden’s, said it was a long held ambition to bring Harry’s home to Yorkshire.