This weekend, Brendan O’Hara MP and Scottish Government Communities Secretary, Angela Constance MSP paid a visit to Rothesay’s newest hotspot, Helmi’s Patisserie.
Following the official opening last Sunday, Helmi’s Patisserie has been going down a storm with locals.
Within two hours of official trading, Mohamed and Bashar were sold out of their sought after homemade treats and there is no sign of stopping, as queues continued into the weekend.
Commenting, Mr O’Hara said:
On Saturday) I had the immense pleasure of visiting the brand new Helmi’s Patisserie in Rothesay with Angela Constance, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities.”
“Two years ago I had the pleasure of being invited to join Bashar Helmi, his family and other members of the Syrian community on Bute for a traditional Syrian meal. During the meal we talked about their past experiences as well as their future plans.”
“Bashar talked about his son-in-law, Mohamed – a celebrated pastry chef – and showed amazing photographs of his creations. Bashar’s overwhelming desire was to be reunited with his daughter, son-in-law and his wee granddaughter and for them, one day, to open a bakery on Bute.”
“I am absolutely delighted for Bashar, Mohamed and their family on their fantastic new business venture and I wish them every success.”
“The recent success stories of Helmi’s Patisserie and the Orient Salon on Bute shows what a positive difference immigration makes to Scotland. It’s not about where you come from; it’s about where we’re going together and I think the recent success here in Rothesay shows just that and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the community.”