TKI to manage Sudan's $10mn F&B project El Seref

Dubai firm signs ops deal for Africa's 'largest' restaurant complex

El-Seref complex thought to be largest of its kind in Africa.
El-Seref complex thought to be largest of its kind in Africa.

Thomas Klein International (TKI) has won the contract for the operations management of the El Seref complex in Khartoum, Sudan.

TKI was originally appointed to manage El Seref’s pre-opening as well as the design of the technical kitchen and back-of-house area.

After successfully managing the various aspects of the preopening period, TKI has now been assigned the management of the complex, whose total investment is estimated to stand at US $10 million.

Daniel During, principal and managing director of Thomas Klein International said, “For years, TKI has operated internationally as a highly successful hospitality consultancy and design firm, and the company has also managed many businesses locally under management contracts.

“We have now reached a new milestone by securing the additional scope of services for the El Seref complex, as it is our first overseas management contract, and it is also the largest fully indoor and air conditioned restaurant operating in Africa.”

The El Seref complex is a 35,000 square foot destination located in the Omdurman area of Khartoum, overlooking the confluence of the Blue and White Nile, and will encompass three distinct food and beverage outlets, offering a range of different cuisines in one convenient location.

“As far as we know, this is currently the largest restaurant complex in Africa, and we are very honoured to be a part of this exciting development. Not only will we be creating many jobs for local residents, but we will also be bringing in a plethora of international talent and expertise to Sudan,” said During.

The largest of the three restaurants will be called Al Housh, and is based on a traditional Sudanese market concept. The outlet will feature 25 live cooking stations and stalls selling fresh produce, and will have a seating capacity of 600.

The complex will also feature the first Cilantro Cafe in Sudan, which is part of a popular Egyptian coffee shop franchise.

The aptly named “Third Space”, will be the smallest of the three outlets with 150 seats, serving sushi and pasta.

Abdel Rahim El Sadig, General Manager of El Seref Tourism and Hospitality, said: “we are definitely creating history in Sudan by launching such an ambitious project, and for a development of this magnitude we have to make sure we have the right partners in place.”

The El Seref complex is scheduled to open in mid-August this year, with Al Housh and Cilantro due to open just in time for Eid Al Fitr. The Third Space is due to open later near the end of 2012.

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