PLATTSBURGH – The days of long-distance travel for authentic Indian cuisine are over.
With the grand opening of the Indian Grill, located at 43 Smithfield Blvd., on Thursday, Plattsburgh now has its own Indian restaurant.
Husband and wife owners Aman Chadha, 33, and Sangita Chadha, 30, had been planning to open at this location for a year now, but renovations and renovations to the restaurant building, which was once an AT&T store, n only started two months ago.
“There was no kitchen at all here, so I had to start everything from scratch,” Aman said.
Finding workers to do the construction was one of the challenges he faced during the process.
“It was hard; it was very difficult to find people… especially when you’re not from here,” he said.
“You get to know Plattsburgh slowly. As I didn’t know where to find supplies, so it was very difficult to find. I picked up all my stuff in New York.
Aman, who has owned restaurants in Potsdam and Canton for nearly 12 years, said his inspiration to become a business owner began in his home country.
“Back home in India, I had a cooking business, and (when) I moved to the United States and started working in a restaurant, that’s how I decided to open the mine,” he said.
The idea to bring a restaurant to Plattsburgh, however, came from customers who frequented his other establishments.
“I had customers coming from here (Plattsburgh) to Potsdam to eat,” Aman said.
“They had approached me to do it.”
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Indian Grill is now open seven days a week.
Customers will have the option to dine in, take out, or order their food for delivery through DoorDash.
Monday through Thursday, lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner hours are 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well, but dinner hours are 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The special Sunday brunch buffet is open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., with dinner hours from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
An “All you can Eat” buffet, offering several Indian dishes, will generally only be available during lunch hours, except on Monday evenings, when the buffet, as well as the regular menu choices, will be available.
Aman said the buffet is important because it helps introduce Indian cuisine to those unfamiliar with it.
“Anyone can order off the menu for lunch or dinner. The buffet is going to last for seven days (one week), so people know what we’re doing – what kind of food we have, so they can order in the evening from the menu – that’s what we’re also doing in our other restaurants,” he said. said.
“That’s why we do buffets; some people who are not used to Indian food…get to know the menu.
Indian Grill’s menu is extensive, with soups, salads, biryanis (rice specialties), vegetarian options, gluten-free options, chicken specialties, lamb specialties, goat specialties, seafood options, tandoori bread options and much more.
“I have a big menu here. A lot of other places don’t have that many…we have a lot of different things,” Aman said.
“Every dish is different.”
Aman said that depending on the state of business, he might hire more employees.
Including the chefs, he said there were about four or five people working there now.
“We can hire more people if it’s busy; for the chiefs, I will not need anyone, because our chiefs must be Indians,” he said.
“(Otherwise) how will they know how to cook it? It’s not easy to train (how) to make Indian food because of all the spice levels…it’s all about experience in Indian cooking.
TAKE A RISK
Because his business is so new to the area, Aman said he was excited and nervous to see the response from the community.
“I was really worried earlier, like what’s going to happen here,” he said.
“I don’t know how I’m going to do in Plattsburgh, but it’s taking a risk.”