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Walford East is a restaurant located in the heart of Albert Square which is owned by Suki Panesar and Ravi Gulati. Initially the restaurant was owned by Ian Beale and was called Ian Beale @ Le Square, however Ian was short of money and took a loan out from Janine Butcher, who renamed it to Scarlett's on the opening after her daughter. Ian re-named it Beales and ran it until February 2016, when he sold it to Costmart to pay for Bobby Beale's boarding school tuition fees. Ian rebought the restaurant in 2019 with business partner Masood Ahmed and gave it the current name of 'Walford East'. When Masood left Walford, he sold his share to Max Branning. In 2022, Suki and Ravi bought the restaurant when it went up for sale.


Storylines[]

Scarlett's[]

In July 2013, Scarlett's employee Jean Slater remembers she has left her handbag at the restaurant. Jean, Shirley Carter and Bianca Butcher go back to the restaurant to look for her handbag. However, they are sidetracked when they find Ian's alcohol. Shirley knocks over a naked flame and cause the restaurant to catch fire. The fire is small and is put out quickly, however, due to the smoke, the restaurant's water sprinklers go off, flooding the restaurant.

Beales[]

When Jane Beale arrives back in Walford in 2014, she and Ian decide to become business partners. Jane begins planning to rebrand Scarlett's and proposes renaming the restaurant. The pair settle on 'BEALES' and the restaurant is soon renamed. A relaunch is planned to unveil the new look restaurant including a brand new interior. Beales closes after Steven Beale torches the restaurant in an attempt to kill Jane.

Walford East[]

In 2018, when Ian Beale and Masood become business partners, they decide to use Masood's idea of a 'fusion restaurant', and Masood decides to call it Walford East, which later becomes the official name of the restaurant. In 2019, Masood leaves Walford and sells his share of the business to Max Branning. Habiba and Iqra run the restaurant day-to-day once Masood departs. By 2021, Ian, Habiba, Iqra and Max have all left Walford, so Kathy Beale and Peter Beale take over. However, the restaurant becomes too costly for the duo, so they sell up. Suki and Ravi decide to go into business together and buy Walford East, turning it into a contemporary Indian restaurant, still under the name of Walford East.

Staff (Restaurant)[]

Current Staff[]

Name Position Year
Suki Panesar Co-owner 2022-
Ravi Gulati 2022-
Zack Hudson Chef 2022-
Davinder Gulati Waiter 2022-
Michael Waiter and chef 2023-

Former Staff[]

Name Postion  Year
Jean Slater Chef 2013
Abi Branning Waitress
Poppy Meadow
Jake Stone Sous Chef 2014
Lauren Branning Waitress
Masood Ahmed Chef / Waiter 2014-2016
Fatboy Waiter 2014-2015
Steven Beale Manager 2016-2017
Hunter Owen Waiter 2018
Masood Ahmed Co-Owner/Chef 2018-2019
Habiba Ahmed Waitress 2019-2020
Max Branning Co-owner 2019-2022
Ian Beale Chef, Co-owner 2013-2022
Iqra Ahmed Waitress 2019-2022
Bobby Beale Waiter 2020-2022
Peter Beale Manager, Waiter 2013-2015, 2021-2022
Dana Monroe Waitress 2021-2022
Kathy Beale Cover for Peter, Waitress
Vinny Panesar Cover 2023

Previous uses []

Eddie's antiques emporium

Eddie's Antiques Emporium.

Signwriter and Screen Printer[]

In the mid 80's the location was occupied by a signwriters.

Moon and Sons Antiques Emporium[]

"Moon and Sons" was was an antiques emporium originally ran by Eddie Moon, Anthony Moon and Tyler Moon. When Anthony got into gambling problems with Derek Branning, he was forced out of the square. Thus leading to the closure of Moon and Sons.

See also[]

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