Maaya on the move to a more prominent location in The Hub

The award-winning Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar is set to relocate a short distance from its current Rillaton Walk home to a bigger unit in the heart of The Hub, offering alfresco dining just in time for summer. We take a look at the plans…

The Hub’s first and only independent restaurant, Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar, has announced it is relocating – but not far.

Since opening the restaurant in 2016, the business has built a reputation for excellence in its food and service, so much so that its owners are ready to expand the Indian restaurant.

Maaya will move to the former Gourmet Burger Kitchen unit on the central square of The Hub, offering a more prominent location for diners in the area.

The larger venue benefits from an outdoor area for summer alfresco dining as well as a larger reception to promote its premium quality drinks offer. The open-plan venue will be better suited for live entertainment, although the owners are keen to maintain the intimate and friendly environment visitors have come to love.

“We have spent the past three years carefully creating a restaurant that’s warm and welcoming for our guests and we’re determined to take this feeling with us,” said Mo Abdul, manager and joint owner at Maaya.

“The new location will bring Maaya into a more visible part of The Hub where more people are likely to discover us, especially people unfamiliar with the central Milton Keynes.

“The new restaurant has a fantastic kitchen and much more storage than we currently have, plus there is an opportunity to make the restaurant bigger.”

Celebrate:MK has seen artists’ impressions of the new Maaya (including the image above), which look spectacular.

The extensive refurbishment works will include all new furniture and fittings, modern lighting and design features, plus the creation of a separate upstairs, which will open later in the year.

Maaya was created by a group of local investors including Mo who owns Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford, Shelim Ruhul who owns several restaurants including Spice Village in Shenley Church End, and Head Chef at Maaya, Shamim Shanoor.

Outside of the restaurant industry, investor Jason Thorne, Managing Director of Milton Keynes’ Enorth Staffing & MK Oven Clean joins the partners together with Leigh Strathearn, Managing Director of MK-based Perception Public Relations.

The restaurant is expected to open in early summer this year, with work taking place while Maaya remains open to avoid any disruption.

Since opening, Maaya has been shortlisted for the highly coveted British Curry Awards in 2017, won the English Curry Awards 2018 and the Best Indian Restaurant at the LUX Magazine awards last year.

It has been a significant supporter of local charities, including staff donating their Christmas tips to Miyla’s Quest For Shoes and so far it has donated nearly 100 meal vouchers to local organisations for raffle prizes and auctions.

The restaurant is also the official sponsor of MK Dons striker Chuks Aneke and even became one of the first venues in the UK to adopt the Use Our Loos national campaign.

Further information about the opening will be announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page at facebook.com/maayamiltonkeynes. Call 01908 242665 to reserve a table at Maaya Indian Kitchen and Bar. For more info visit facebook.com/maayamiltonkeynes

This feature was published in the April 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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