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A view of the new banquet hall of the newly-opened Flamingo Palace in Sacramento, Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The sprawling new Flamingo Palace banquet hall, located in the North Highlands suburb of Sacramento, celebrated its grand opening Nov. 15.

The 16,000 sq. ft. banquet hall, located at 5715 Watt Avenue, was the third banquet hall to be opened by Pradeep Paul Sharma in partnership with Avtar Singh.

According to Sharma, the sprawling stand alone building used to be a Bingo Center. After the center was shut down, the building sat vacant for three years before Sharma and his partner picked it up for a paltry $810,000.

They then invested a sum of $1.2 million to completely renovate it and convert it into a world class banquet hall with plush carpeting, chandeliers and marble flooring in the hallways.

The new banquet hall has already become a popular destination for weddings and other celebrations within the local community.

Sharma’s other two halls are located in Vallejo and Sacramento. He also operates an outdoor catering business under the name of “India Sweets and Catering.”

Born in Punjab, Sharma had arrived in this country in 1978 at the age of 11. After graduating from Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Sharma worked for McDonald’s Corporation for three years from 1984 to 1987. He was the store manager in the city of Pinole.

He branched out on his own in 1987 and opened a restaurant called India Chaat and Sweets in Berkeley. The restaurant closed its doors in December of last year. Sharma now spends his time running his three banquet halls and his catering business.

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