India Cafe Opens
Most didn't come back--and Goel says the store lost customers because of that.
Goel's confident that this time it's going to work, thanks to the energy and talent of his newest tenant, Kamal Rajput, who opened India Cafe in early March. His menu is more ambitious than previous incarnations, and it specializes in Northern Indian cuisine, especially spicy dishes from the state of Punjab.
Back in India, Rajput was an auto mechanic. But when he came to the United States in 1998, he got a job working in a restaurant kitchen. He says, "I started watching the chefs, learning how they did it." He's been cooking for ten years now, most recently at Mahek on Washington. But he wanted to own his own business, and Foods of India seemed the perfect place to start out small: there are only six tables and twelve chairs.