El Seref Tourism and Hospitality has appointed Dubai-based hospitality consultants Thomas Klein International (TKI) to take over the operations management contract for 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 been assigned the management of the complex.
“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,” said Daniel During, principal and MD, TKI.
“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, and will encompass three 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 have 25 cooking stations and stalls selling fresh produce, and 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 be able to seat 250 diners.
The “Third Space”, will be the smallest of the three outlets with 150 seats, and will serve both sushi and pasta.
“Combined, the three restaurants located in El Seref will have the capacity to seat over 1,000 customers simultaneously, and we are planning to hire over 300 employees to staff the restaurants,” added During.
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. The total investment for the entire project is estimated at US$10 million.