Edessa Turkish restaurant gets ready to open doors in Margate

The meeting will be held at Edessa restaurant

A Turkish restaurant in Margate will open its doors this Sunday (June 2).

Edessa, which also has a venue in Sandwich, will open in the former Yates bar.

Owners.  husband and wife Hasan and Filiz Yener and business partner Michael Huntlea, hope to use the space for entertainment, such as live music after 9pm, as well as feeding hungry diners.

The parents-of-two previously operated from Custom House in Ramsgate and were known for homemade and freshly cooked food with a range of mezes, authentic dishes and a good choice of vegetarian meals.

Hasan, known as Seamus, has lived in Thanet for 30 years. He first came to England as a Kurdish refugee, fleeing repression by the then military junta in Turkey.

He is also well known in Thanet as a cab driver.

He said: “I have so many ideas to make this a space for entertainment as well as dining. It is right for the area.”

Michael has also previously run bars and is also a former gas engineer. He said: ” I am one of the partners and have spent 5 months day and night, transforming this place from a nightclub to what it is now.”

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  1. Loved the food from their ramsgate and Sandwich restaurants. Glad they’re back in Thanet!

  2. Michael the partner and joint owner to the bar and restraint has put in a lot of hard work and effort to make it a high end experience for all. Micheal was born and lived it Thanet most of his life with a large family. With experience in many areas one of being running and working behind bars. His formally a gas engineer who is know and loved by some many for his reliable hard work which will shine when entering edessas as well as his quirky personality behind the bar.

    • hello kathy my full name is michael huntlea ive spent 5 months day and night 7 days a week transforming this place from a night club to what it is now and i am all so one of the partners of the premisses so would be nice to be included as ive made it what it is now thanks michael

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