Restaurant helps deliver a knockout charity show


Itihaas owner Raj Rana presents Tony Conniff with his trophy for taking part in the “Fight of the Night” against opponent Ciaran Darby.

Itihaas owner Raj Rana presents Tony Conniff with his trophy for taking part in the “Fight of the Night” against opponent Ciaran Darby.

Award-winning Birmingham fine dining establishment Itihaas Restaurant helped some of the biggest hitters in the city’s business community raise a knockout amount of cash for charity.

Bank managers, insurance underwriters, taxmen and barristers pulled no punches as they slugged it out in the ring to boost the coffers of the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity. The evening, staged at Gatecrasher in Broad Street, Birmingham, boosted the charity’s coffers by several hundred pounds.

The “Fresh Meat” event was organised by Jewellery Quarter-based Fighting Fit City Gym. Contestants, who had undergone a training regime at the Lionel Street venue, slugged it out in three two-minute-rounds in front of a packed house at the nightclub in aid of the charity.

Raj Rana, owner of Itihaas, said he was keen to support Birmingham business community in its fund-raising campaigns and saluted the bravery of the boxers.

“We hope to have raised a substantial amount for Guide Dogs for the Blind, although the final amount has not yet been confirmed.

“This was a sell-out show and the fighters earned the respect of everyone involved with the event. Each boxer who competed was a winner in my eyes, particularly given the gruelling training regime they underwent. There was a real rivalry in the ring – we even had a manager from HSBC taking on his counterpart from Barclays!

“My congratulations and thanks go to everyone who climbed into the ring, from those who began training six months ago to those who fought at event. Itihaas has a long association with Birmingham’s business community and I am pleased that the white collar boxing evening continued this partnership,” he added.

Itihaas Restaurant is widely recognised as the pioneer of exquisite Indian cuisine in the Midlands and has won a host of accolades for its food, service and décor. The venue currently holds The British Curry Awards 2012 for Best Restaurant in the Midlands.

Cuisine in Itihaas, the region’s top Asian eating establishment is created by award-winning chefs and staff who come from India’s top 5 Star hotels. Dishes are served in the most luxurious elegant surroundings and promote the legendary hospitality of the sub-continent, as it seeks to build on the Itihaas tradition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhavah’ – ‘the guest is God’.