Khalique Sajjad is the store manager at Red Rooster Restaurant at Minto, an outer suburb towards South West of Sydney. Supported by his wife Shakeeba Siddiqui, the couple bought the Red Rooster franchise towards the end of last year.

They then heavily invested in the major renovation of the restaurant specially its dining area and held a re-opening party on Saturday 26 September that was attended by a large contingent of family, friends, customers, politicians, community leaders and staff from Red Roster headquarters.

Khalique has long experience in the of fast food restaurant business and is highly skilled in all aspects of its management from customer service to staff management as well as franchise business development.

Originally from Pakistan, Khalique obtained Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Punjab and then came to Australia in 2009 in order to pursue further education. He completed a Diploma in Business and a Diploma in Accounting from Canberra Institute of Technology.

In addition to obtaining his education, he started working at Kingsley’s chicken in Canberra and eventually became its manager. In 2012 he joined the Red Rooster, Minto as store manager and learned all the skills needed to run a Red Rooster franchise.

After getting married to Shakeeba in December 2012, the couple moved to the Minto area and finally decided to purchase the Red Rooster Franchise in Minto. The couple have combined their education in business and accounting and with Khalique’s experience in restaurant business, they hope to expand their business further.

Shakeeba Siddiqui, Australian by birth is the daughter of Mr Shujaat Ali Siddiqui, a highly successful

Aariz Khalique

Aariz Khalique

self made businessman of Pakistani origin who runs hardware wholesale business, Economy Distributers in partnership with his brother Abul Fateh Siddiqui.

Shakeeba obtained Bachelor of Business degree majoring in E-Business and accounting from University of Western Sydney and is currently pursuing Master of Professional Accounting at University of Technology, Sydney. She has long experience in administration and accounting having worked with Economy Distributers, Australian MEFF Consortium in various capacities. She is currently working with Commonwealth Bank as a Collections Officer.

The enterprising couple hope to further expand their fast food chicken restaurant business counting on each other’s strength. They have lovely son Aariz who just turned one last month.

Khalique’s father has been in the hotel business having worked at Avari Hotel since 1978. He has been involved in Pakistani politics since 1989 and finally became Councillor in April and then Mayor in July 2015 of the Lahore Cantonment Walton in Pakistan.

On enquiring, Khalique told AMUST that he has political ambitions and using his skills in customer service, public relations and business management he wishes to serve the community in all possible ways.