Restaurateur set to launch new eatery as he expands his empire into Bury St Edmunds creating more than 70 jobs
A 28-year-old entrepreneur has expanded his restaurant empire into Bury St Edmunds with one eatery launching this week and a second due to open next month - generating more than 70 jobs.
Chef turned restaurateur Chris Sharman, who was born in the town, has set up his third Burger Amour at the former ASK Italian, in Parkway, starting tomorrow with a delivery and takeaway service and will welcome customers once lockdown is eased.
He hopes to open his fifth Dough & Co Woodfired Pizza at the former Patisserie Valerie, in Abbeygate Street, on December 20.
Mr Sharman has employed 28 people at Burger Amour and is likely to recruit about 10 more, while Dough & Co will bring another 30 to 40 jobs.
He launched his chain of restaurants in July 2018 starting with a Dough & Co in Sudbury followed by sites in Colchester, Bishop's Stortford and Halstead.
Having started his career as a pot washer, Mr Sharman, whose aim was to launch 50 restaurants in five years, said hard work is the key to his success.
“I come from a council house background,” he said. “I never got anything handed to me so my message is if you work hard you can achieve what you want. It doesn’t matter what it is. It doesn’t matter how many people tell you you can’t do it, you can do it."
For the full story see Friday's Bury Free Press newspaper.