Ex-Iraqi fisherman is Driffield’s newest businessman

Oasis Cafe & Takeaway, Mill Street Driffield

Oasis Cafe & Takeaway, Mill Street Driffield

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Driffield’s newest businessman is former Iraqi fisherman Mathaher Darwesh, who is the new owner of the Oasis takeaway shop in Mill Street.

Mr Darwesh is looking forward to the challenge of working for himself after a number of years spent working in the Napoli takeaway, on Middle Street.

But life has not always been easy for the 50-year-old, who moved to England from Iraq in 2002. He said: “There was too much trouble in Iraq. I had seen a lot of bad things and I wanted to get out as soon as I could.”

When Mr Darwesh moved to the UK, he originally moved to Scarborough so he could finally become a chef in his uncle’s takeaway.

After spending three years in Scarborough, he made the short journey to Driffield to further his pursuit of becoming a chef.

He has been running the new business for one month with a selection of pizza, kebabs, burgers, wraps and chicken on offer.

He said: “I have always wanted to be a chef, even in my days in Iraq when I was a fisherman.”

Mr Darwesh lived in South Iraq, which was an area not favoured by ex-president Saddam Hussein.

He has three cousins still over in Iraq but he has not been back to the country since he left in 2002 and vows not to return.

He said: “I will never go back because of all the conflict and violence that happens over there so I meet my family in another country such as Turkey.”

Mr Darwesh lives in the flat above the shop and is excited to be getting a new licence soon to be able to open the establishment for as late as 4am in the morning for customers.

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