A beloved town restaurant will change hands and reopen under new ownership with a fresh menu later this month. 

Abdul Rouf, the owner of Nimmi Indian Cuisine in Thetford, announced that he will be retiring after 34 years of serving the community. 

The 71-year-old said his nephew and fellow restauranteur Shipon Miah will be taking over the premises and renaming it "New Saffron", the same as his other restaurant in St Giles' Lane. 

Thetford & Brandon Times: Abdul Rouf, 71, is handing over the reins of Nimmi to retireAbdul Rouf, 71, is handing over the reins of Nimmi to retire (Image: Newsquest)

Mr Rouf said: "It was an easy decision for me because Shipon has a passion for curries and is great with customers.

"I am sure Shipon will carry on the legacy with great pride."

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A firm reopening date for the restaurant in Whitehart Streethas has yet to be confirmed by Mr Rouf said it would be in "a few weeks".

He added: "I am looking forward to my semi-retirement to spend more time with the family, do charity work in Bangladesh and look after my rental properties.

"I also want to thank all of my customers for your support over the years and I am sure we will meet in town so I can personally thank you."