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Could 3 Be Brothers' Lucky Number...

The three Turkish Nurhakli brothers, all in their twenties, are fast gaining a reputation as Maidstone’s leading restaurateurs. And as far as they are concerned things tend to go in threes.

In three years, the three brothers have purchased three premises!

Ilhan 26, Huseyin 24 and Ibrahim 22 first launched Flaming Henry’s in the High Street in 2005 and last year it won the Kent Messenger’s Restaurant of the Year accolade.

Now, the brothers have bought the popular Kymera coffee shop in Market Buildings, and have just completed on the purchase of the former Day’s Solicitors’ headquarters in Earl Street, where another up-market restaurant is planned.

The Day’s building became available following the merger of the legal firm with Gullands last year. The brothers bought Kymera and the Earl Street premises with professional advice from Gullands’ Partner, Paul Burbidge.
The Nurhakli family arrived in Maidstone in 1997 when the family business was running off licences. The brothers got bitten by the entrepreneurial bug early and thanks to good family advice and their own business acumen, their company, Gourmet Properties Ltd, has grown from strength to strength and is bucking any downturn in the economy.

Ilhan, who acts as the company’s spokesman, said they hoped to run Kymera as a coffee bar during the day and as a sophisticated cocktail lounge in the evenings.

“We are looking to cater for the older market and provide a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere in which clients can enjoy a drink before dinner, or before they go to the theatre just around the corner,” said Ilhan.
Kymera will also be available for private hire to clients.

“Maidstone is failing to provide evening facilities for older people and we intend changing that, not just at Kymera, but also when we open our new venue in Earl Street in 2009.”

The Nurhakli brothers are not saying what the theme of their new venture will be, but they are very excited at providing something very different for Maidstone.

Having cut their teeth at Flaming Henry’s, where up to 300 patrons a night enjoy good food at very competitive prices, they now feel ready to stretch themselves even further in Earl Street.

“We have built a reputation at Flaming Henry's and are determined to protect and enhance that in all that we do from here on,” said Ilhan.

Paul Burbidge, who handled the conveyancing of Kymera and the Earl Street premises for the Nurhaklis, said: “It was a pleasure to be associated with such bright and enthusiastic young entrepreneurs.
“There is no doubt that they will be going a long way in the catering industry.”

For that Special Occasion

Gourmet Properties Ltd already has Raymond Thompson, a Michelin Star nominated chef, on board and, using Flaming Henry’s as the base, has developed a popular outside catering business for events such as corporate events, weddings and birthday celebrations.
Anyone needing such services should contact Gourmet Properties Ltd on 01622 669333 or visit the website at