Dubai: True to his promise in life and demise, Eat & Drink eating places remained open to clients as directed through its past due proprietor V.P. Abdulla Mahmood.
The UAE-based businessman and philanthropist died of cancer on Monday in his native land in the south Indian kingdom of Kerala. He turned into 62. Abdulla leaves at the back of his wife and three kids.
Staff individuals said Abdulla advised them now not to pull away customers in the event of his death. (Some agencies near mourn the loss of life of an owner.)
Mahmoud T.P.K, in-price of Eat & Drink’s Al Qusais branch, said Abdulla “was now not like a chairman, rather like a colleague, trainer, and father to all people”.
He brought: “As you may see, all our branches are open. It turned into no longer his desire that we ought to close for his mourning. We miss him dearly; he was so friendly with everybody — from the staff chargeable for cleaning to managers.”
Mahmoud said Abdulla was keen on traveling all the eatery’s branches and inquiring approximately the desires of the branch, its body of workers and even their families.
“I turned into amazed at his sharp reminiscence and took care of the body of workers. He could remember even matters just like the placement of small bins inside the branches and would observe up approximately tendencies in our circle of relatives life,” Mahmoud said. “His fundamental training to us turned into about a way to usually deal with all customers nicely.”
Nimish Mohan, 29, a purchaser for the past four years, stated he changed into saddened to pay attention the news of Abdulla’s passing.
“I had heard [Abdulla] had health issues. I simply learned he is not any greater. I’m keen on the meals and service at Eat & Drink and feature my lunch right here continually, from time to time dinner also,” Mohan said.
Gulf News visited several branches and determined them working as ordinary.
A senior company government in advance informed Gulf News that Abdulla was undergoing remedy for cancer within the US and India for the beyond six months.
Nishanth Arippoovil, HR manager of the institution, said Abdulla and his spouse had been again home in India. He was admitted to Aster MIMS Hospital after his situation worsened. He died at round 5 pm on Monday.
Established in 1982, the Eat & Drink group emerged from humble beginnings to come to be a renowned call in the eating place and catering enterprise inside the UAE. The institution currently has 40 branches and extra than 1,000 personnel.
Offering condolences for his death on social media, several humans in the UAE remembered Abdulla as a man who supported the network in numerous methods, other than the roles that put meals at the table for numerous households in the UAE.
Back home, Abdulla turned into the managing editor of Malayalam newspaper ‘News Kerala.’ He becomes the chairman of CBSE school Sapphire Central School and managing director of different commercial enterprise establishments in Kerala.