India House could open in Elkhart in March or April

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By: Marshall V. King
mking@flavor574.com

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Elkhart County could have its second Indian restaurant within a month or two.

Amarjit Cheema is working to open India House open at 3535 S. Main St., Elkhart.

“I should be open by the end of this month or next month,” he said.

Remodeling is underway in the former Ponderosa/MCL Cafeteria, which has been other buffets since both of those went out of business. Cheema now says he’ll have an $9.99 buffet at lunch, and menu options for dinner seven days a week.

The food will be based on northern Indian cuisine, some of which is spicy, but customers can order to their preference. Curries and naan, as well as a broad range of other dishes, will be available.

He’s operated India Garden at 615 W. Edison Road, Mishawaka, for 14 years. “I have a lot of people come from Goshen and Elkhart. They wanted me to open something over there,” he said.

He’s also working on a location at 123 N. Michigan St. in downtown South Bend that will have a buffet at lunch and menu at dinner, as well as a buffet only at University Park Mall. Those will both be called India Garden, he said.

Maple Indian Cuisine was the first Indian restaurant to open in Elkhart County and is doing well along Main Street in Goshen.

Cheema said the Dunlap restaurant near Concord Mall will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.

Marshall V. King is food columnist for Flavor 574 and community editor for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, mking@flavor574.com, and on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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