One of Birmingham’s original Balti Triangle restaurants is to shut its doors next month after nearly 45 years in business.
Saleem’s in Sparkbrook will close for good on November 2 after seeing levels of trade fall to a level where it can no longer sustain the business.
Over the years, the venue had built up a cult following among customers, with the likes of Robert Plant, UB40 and Fairport Convention dining in over the years.
Co-owner Saleem Waheed blamed the move on declining trade and the recession.
"There’s too much competition — you get a lot of franchises around here now and they are putting on cheap and cheerful food," he told the Birmingham Post. “The trade around here is mostly clothing shops and it doesn’t bring the customers in.”
The restaurant was originally opened in 1971 by Waheed’s late father Abdul. Nine years ago the restaurant was completely renovated after it was hit by a freak tornado.
“We were the very first Balti Triangle restaurant in the Ladypool Road and 10 to 15 years later others started opening up. There were 25 to 30 at one time but now there are only seven or eight left,” said Waheed.
He added that he is considering re-opening elsewhere, but that was unlikely to happen for at least six months.