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Aunish Sodha: Kenyan man Behind Wessyde Lounge, One of the Biggest Restaurants in Kericho County

by Paul Nyongesa
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Aunish Sodha’s story is one that encapsulates the vibrant spirit of Kericho County, Kenya.

Born and raised in this picturesque region, Avnish has been an integral part of the local entertainment industry for years.

His journey commenced during the heyday of the Midwest Club, a renowned establishment in Kericho County that was owned by Kenya’s former minister Kipng’eno arap Ng’eny.

“The Ngeny family once owned the Westside Mall, but as time passed, they decided to hand over the hotel to me. This is when I began to contemplate the idea of expanding into a restaurant and club.” Aunish recalled.

What began as a familiar hotspot evolved into something even grander under Avnish’s visionary leadership – the Westside Lounge Kericho, one of the biggest lounges in the county.

For Aunish, the decision to dive into the world of entertainment was more than just a business endeavor; it was a lifelong passion.

With a deep-rooted love for DJing and a sharp entrepreneurial instinct, he discerned the untapped potential for an electrifying entertainment hub in the area.

In 2015, he took the leap and brought his vision to life by founding Wessyde Lounge Kericho. Initially, the club could accommodate 100 people, but as word of its excellence spread, it underwent significant renovations in 2018 and 2019, expanding to a remarkable capacity of 350 guests.

What sets Wessyde Lounge Kericho apart is its unwavering commitment to hosting top DJs from across the nation.

Avnish’s mission was not solely driven by profits but also by the desire to offer the community an exceptional entertainment experience.

The club has invested significantly in cutting-edge facilities, including large screens that make it the perfect venue for catching live events and sports matches.

Operating in Kericho does present its share of unique challenges, given its relatively modest size and conservative spending habits of its residents.

Nevertheless, Avnish is proud to emphasize that Wessyde Lounge Kericho has carved a niche for itself by serving some of the finest cuisine in town, catering to both the local community and visitors alike.

As we look towards the future, Avnish Sodha envisions grand plans for Wessyde Lounge Kericho.

The club has already cemented its status as a local favorite, hosting events like Mugithii Night, Luo Festivals, and Kalenjin Night. However, its ambitions extend far beyond its roots.

Avnish and his dedicated team are setting their sights on expanding the Wessyde brand to major cities such as Nairobi, Kisumu, and Kisii, aiming to share the unique Wessyde experience with an even wider audience.

Beyond the realm of entertainment, Wessyde Lounge Kericho offers an array of top-notch amenities.

A robust Wi-Fi connection ensures that patrons can stay seamlessly connected in today’s digital age. For those seeking an extended stay, the club provides comfortable and convenient accommodation options.

Furthermore, there’s a lavish VIP lounge where guests can unwind in style and relish an elevated experience.

There is also a  well-stocked bar with a variety of drinks, including signature cocktails, is a must. Efficient and friendly bartenders ensure quick service, and responsible alcohol service is crucial.


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