Ray’s Place reopens honouring late owner after tragic Covid death

Ray’s Place is one of Hull’s most respected Indian restaurants and was best known for the work of late owner Mohammaed “Ray” Riaz.

The establishment first opened in 1980 and proved to be a hit from day one.

It has continued to thrive on Princes Avenue ever since, before facing a devastating closure last year.

In March 2020, the restaurant lost their owner Ray to coronavirus and the business’ doors closed for the very first time in four decades.

But over a year on, his heartbroken family made the decision to bring the beloved restaurant back to the city under the new name of ‘Ray’s Balti’.

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Mr Riaz
Mr Riaz died after contracting coronavirus, but his family plan to fulfil his legacy by reopening the restaurant again

Ray died at Bradford Royal Infirmary at the age of 66 after contracting coronavirus.

Mr Riaz would often speak to diners and became a familiar face to many over the years.

Away from the restaurant Dr Ahmed said his uncle was “exactly what everyone knew him to be”.

The family-run business is set to reopen on Monday June 7, and the restaurant will encompass all of Ray’s core values and traditions as a restaurateur.

The staff are mixing old with the new; bringing in exclusive new dishes, some interior designs changes, whilst incorporating the traditions locals knew and loved Ray’s Place for.

Honouring Mr Riaz, there is a painted mural on the wall outside restaurant where a cartoon figure encompasses Ray’s features, whilst surrounded by flowers and giant palm trees.



Ray’s Balti will open from next week

What’s more his legacy can be seen around the restaurant where there are framed photographs of the restaurant legend.

The new branding of Ray’s Balti includes a new sign, window advertising, freshly painted walls, and some new interior touches to give the place a “fresh feeling”.

The family are looking forward to welcoming customers back into the establishment, whilst hoping the fresh changes will also bring in new customers from the area.

A launch party will be held on June 7 where customers can come and see the refurbished space and enjoy a buffet of new dishes.

Manager AJ said: “We are doing everything we can to honour Ray.

“We also have a lot of new surprises in place which I cannot reveal just yet.

He added:”But you can see them at the launch party, and we are incorporating Ray in everything we do.”

Walk-ins are welcome at Monday evening’s launch.