An Indian restaurant that closed without warning in Aylesbury is now under new management. 

Desire, which was based along Kingsbury Square in the town, unexpectedly announced it had ceased trading in the afternoon of Sunday, March 17.

They confirmed the closure via a brief text message and statement on their website which read: "We regret to inform you that the restaurant is closing permanently today [March 17].

“Thank you for your support over the years.”

The news came as a huge shock to many regulars, with some having booked tables for the end of this month and beyond.

However, several days after the announcement, a banner was erected on the building confirming that a restaurant focusing on dishes from Afghanistan would replace the much-loved curry house. 

Saeed Hamkar, who is one of the new proprietors, told the Free Press: “We share in the sentiment of loss that accompanies the departure of such an esteemed local establishment in Desire.

“However, it is with great enthusiasm to share some uplifting news.

“My team and I are the new proprietors of the space formerly occupied by Desire.

"We are thrilled to introduce a unique culinary venture that promises to bring a fresh and authentic experience to the heart of Aylesbury – an authentic Afghan restaurant.

“Afghan cuisine is known for its rich flavours, diverse textures, and the use of fresh, wholesome ingredients, all of which will be the cornerstone of our menu.

“Our goal is to create a warm, inviting atmosphere where the community can come together to enjoy traditional Afghan dishes, meticulously prepared and presented.

“We are in the process of decorating and setting up the space to ensure that it provides a welcoming and authentic atmosphere.

“We are committed to sourcing high-quality, local ingredients and providing exceptional service to all our guests.

“We believe that our restaurant will not only serve as a place to enjoy excellent food but also as a venue that fosters community connections and cultural exchange.”

The soon-to-be Afghan restaurant will be the first of its kind in Aylesbury, but no opening date has been confirmed.

Mr Hamkar, who has also worked as a pharmacist in the town, continued: “The decision to embark on this new venture stems from a deep-seated passion for Afghan culture and cuisine, coupled with a desire to offer Aylesbury a unique dining experience that celebrates the rich culinary traditions of Afghanistan.”