A RESTAURANT owner was found hanged at the business he set up less than two years ago.
The death of Hassaon Sharter, 54, known as Sam, has sent shockwaves through the area’s food and drink industry.
He was found hanged at about 11.30pm on Thursday, April 15, in the restaurant he owned and lived in, The Barn, Bridge Trafford.
Mr Sharter also owned Frodsham’s Netherton Hall until June 2008, before later becoming a tenant at the site.
He started his working life as an engineer before, as a regular customer to the Parkgate Hotel, Parkgate, nearly 30 years ago, he was asked to manage the hotel, bar and restaurant.
Since then Mr Sharter had a successful 10-year stint as owner of the Netherton Hall, before he bought the Sandfield farm premises in 2006.
He converted the former 400-year-old dairy farm site into a restaurant, which opened in August 2008. The restaurant won the best newcomer award in the 2009 Chester Food and Drink Festival.
Love Frodsham chairman Barrie Davidson said: “It was a big surprise to us.
“We were regulars at the Netherton from the late 90s when Sam took over – he was a very caring man and very attentive.
“He transformed the place, changed it completely to get it as he wanted, a high-class restaurant.
“Then he went to The Barn, converting the building and doing the same there. From the people I have spoken to, and who know him, they are completely surprised because he was a very successful businessman.
“He always kept himself to himself and his family.
“He kept his personal life and business apart very shrewdly, so we didn’t see much of him.”
A spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said there were no suspicious circumstances regarding Mr Sharter’s death and an inquest has been opened.
Mr Sharter leaves behind his wife Sharon and son Joshua.