Positive response to Nigerian restaurant now open in Northampton – which hopes to fill a gap in the market

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There has been a positive response to a Nigerian restaurant in Northampton, which hosted an open event for the public on Saturday (June 8).

GF 9JA Cuisine is run by Favour Ayodeji, and her parents Anthony and Risikatu. With more than a decade of experience in the food industry, the next step for the family was to open a restaurant.

Having catered for African weddings, birthday gatherings and a whole host of social occasions, Favour says the time felt right as the brand has become more recognisable across the town.

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“There’s a spot for it in Northampton,” she told the Chronicle & Echo. “For as long as I can remember, my parents have been baking Nigerian snacks. We have taken gradual steps from a bakery and making meals, to cooking large orders for parties. We’re here to stay.”

GF 9JA Cuisine is run by Favour Ayodeji, and her parents Anthony and Risikatu. With more than a decade of experience in the food industry, the next step for the family was to open a restaurant.GF 9JA Cuisine is run by Favour Ayodeji, and her parents Anthony and Risikatu. With more than a decade of experience in the food industry, the next step for the family was to open a restaurant.
GF 9JA Cuisine is run by Favour Ayodeji, and her parents Anthony and Risikatu. With more than a decade of experience in the food industry, the next step for the family was to open a restaurant.

The restaurant opened in Harborough Road at the heart of Kingsthorpe, and it was the centrality that sold them on this location.

With a bus stop directly outside the new venue, the team hopes their customers will take advantage and pay them a visit.

The family serves traditional Nigerian foods and flavours, using authentic ingredients that are not easily bought in supermarkets. As well as rice, meat and traditional swallow dishes, Nigerian snacks such as meat pies and sausage rolls are available.

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Talking about the opening, Favour said: “It was busy to the point it was hard to sit down and we had to offer takeaways. A lot of people came from near and far, and it was really encouraging and positive.

With outdoor seating for 15 and inside seating for 24, the GF 9JA Cuisine team invites the community to come along and try their new dishes.With outdoor seating for 15 and inside seating for 24, the GF 9JA Cuisine team invites the community to come along and try their new dishes.
With outdoor seating for 15 and inside seating for 24, the GF 9JA Cuisine team invites the community to come along and try their new dishes.

“The feedback was that the food and customer service were good and they would come back.”

The challenge moving forward with this niche restaurant is to cater to everyone’s individual tastes, and this is something Favour says they are committed to achieving.

With outdoor seating for 15 and inside seating for 24, Favour invites the community to come along and try their new dishes – which she promises they will enjoy.

“Life is too short to not try foods from across the globe,” she said. “You can unwind in the culture, we have the full package. Our staff are nice and we’ve had wonderful recommendations.”

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