An iconic Dundee restaurant is set to close its doors for the final time this week after more than 40 years in business.

Bosses of the Gulistan House Indian restaurant shocked locals in Broughty Ferry with the announcement on Facebook.

They say the decision was made because of the ill-health of a key member of staff.

The Facebook statement said: “It is with a very heavy heart we are announcing the closure of our business.

“It has been an extremely difficult decision to make which we know will come as a disappointment to many, but one that has had to be taken under very challenging circumstances.

“Due to the chronic and unstable health of our business owner from the beginning of the year, we have very sadly taken the tough and difficult decision to close at the end of this week, Sunday October 31 2021.

“We wish to thank all our customers and staff who have shared our journey.”

And describing its army of loyal customers it added: “It’s been our pleasure making happy memories. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone that has supported us and enjoyed being with us when dining, taking away, or being hosted by us as a venue for their special occasions.

“We are all very sorry to be leaving at such short notice and are incredibly sad to say goodbye to you all.

A car crashed through the restaurant's fence earlier this year.

“We look forward to serving you one last time this coming week.”

The venue, on Queen Street, will serve its last curry this Sunday October 31, after 42 years in business.

It was opened by Munsif Ali Mohammed on the city’s Gray Street in 1979 before relocating to a former church on Queen Street, in Broughty Ferry.

Over 200 customers and locals flooded Facebook with well wishes.

Cammy McRae wrote: “End of an era, massive loss to everyone in the ferry and further afield.”

The iconic restaurant was based in a converted Broughty Ferry church

Michael Hannan added: “So sorry to hear this news. The Gulistan has been a mainstay in the Ferry for so many years. Wishing staff past and present all the best.”

While Dorothy Garvie said: “Sorry to be reading this, great memories over 25 years of going here, always had a lovely meal, staff were brilliant, this will be a huge loss to the Ferry, wishing you all the very best.”

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