Jörn Hagendorf has been appointed as general manager of the El Seref complex in Khartoum, Sudan.
His appointment was announced earlier this month following the news that Thomas Klein International (TKI), Dubai-based hospitality consultants, has been appointed to take over the operations management contract for the entire El Seref complex.
“Jörn brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry to the El Seref project, and he will be responsible for all the pre-opening stages of the site, as well as the operations once the project is launched,” said Daniel During, principal and managing director, Thomas Klein International.
“We are extremely excited to have him on board, and we know he will do an amazing job in launching the largest fully indoor and air-conditioned restaurant operating in Africa.”
A German national, Hagendorf moved to the Middle East in 1998 to join the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai as restaurant and food and beverage manager.
After three years in Dubai, Hagendorf joined the opening team of The Ritz-Carlton, Rose Hall in Jamaica as food and beverage manager, and later returned to the UAE in 2003 where he worked for several key hospitality operators in regional positions, based out of Dubai.
Most recently he was with the Landmark Group in Dubai, where he developed and implemented the Gourmet Station retail food concept across the region.
The El Seref complex is a 35,000 square foot destination in the Omdurman area of Khartoum, and will encompass three distinct food and beverage outlets, offering a range of cuisines in one location.
The largest of the three restaurants is Al Housh, 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, and will seat 250 diners.
The Third Space will be the smallest of the three outlets with 150 seats, and will serve both sushi and pasta.
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.