'New Ireland' poster boy's fall from grace
Published 14/09/2011 | 05:00
POPPADOM owner Amjad Hussein appeared to be a poster boy for the new Ireland a few years ago, as he expanded his chain of Indian restaurants and take-aways and even began to dabble in politics.
His Poppadom restaurants in Rathgar and Castleknock attracted high-profile musicians and writers, while his take-aways in Limerick, Sligo and Lucan also thrived.
Mr Hussein even spread some of his largesse to the charity circuit, bidding a hefty €400 for a double magnum of some fine Californian wines at a charity auction in 2001.
He also flirted with politics, supporting his friend businessman Shaheen Ahmed in his bid to get elected for Fianna Fail in the last local elections in South Dublin County Council.
Although the Poppadom website still boasts of its 'Multi-Award Winning Indian Cuisine', the chain has not flourished in recent times.
The outlet in Castleknock closed down abruptly a couple of months ago, as did the Rathgar outlet.
A member of staff at the Newlands Cross outlet in Dublin 22 said that it and the Sligo shop were the only remaining branches.