A proposed project that would land downtown Patchogue its first Indian restaurant is under review by the village’s planning board.
Restaurateur Kundan Chauhan wants to open Art of Spices at 58 South Ocean Ave., between the new Mazza Mediterranean restaurant and the three-year-old Bird & Bao eatery. The 1,150-square-foot storefront at the moment is gutted.
The planning board was presented with plans for the proposed restaurant during its meeting this week.
Chauhan told GreaterLongIsland.com that Art of Spices will offer a traditional Indian food menu. Think chicken tikka masala, kababs, curry, naan, palak paneer and biryani.
“We will love to be part of what’s happening in Patchogue,” said Chauhan, who is combining elements of his three existing restaurants in Texas to develop his Patchogue venture. “It’s a beautiful area, with so much activity.”
Happy to have them will be the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.
“An Indian restaurant is certainly a missing piece in the mosaic of Patchogue’s great restaurants,” the chamber’s Executive Director David Kennedy said. “A restaurant serving Indian cuisine is something we would very much welcome.”
If Chauhan’s plan is approved, Art of Spices will feature dine-in service, as well as take-out, and would be open every day. The proposed restaurant would have about six tables, with seating room for around 20 people.
Chauhan, 35, lives in Mineola with his wife and their young child. Art of Spices would be his first New York establishment, but he said he anticipates expanding further on Long Island.
Top photo: An Indian food plate served at Kundan Chauhan’s Sizzling Spices restaurant.