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Tandoori Oven Becoming Chakra Indian Restaurant in January

If you loved Tandoori Oven, you'll love new, expanded Indian food eatery opening at former Green Papaya location.

is moving just a few doors down from its present location at 133 No. Santa Cruz Ave. and opening in mid January under the name of Chakra.

North Indian bistro owner Mani Kadir is expanding into the former location at 137 No. Santa Cruz Ave., adding more space and under a new name, said Tandoori Oven manager Chris Gough.

"It's going to be the same kind of food, but bigger and better," said a worker who asked to remain anonymous and who works for the Bell Brothers Construction company that's renovating the site.

Gough said the new location, which is expected to be about 1,300 square feet, is scheduled to tentatively open Jan. 16. He said he wasn't aware of what will replace Tandoori at its present location. He said several people have visited the location inquiring about the lease.

"It will be about the same size, but it will have an upstairs," Gough added.

"Great, I like Indian food," remarked Los Gatos visitor Doug Starfield, who was walking by the site Wednesday afternoon and peeking inside the construction work.

The Seattle native said had eaten at Tandoori Oven in the summer and loved it and is glad its owner is growing his business and not taking away the only Indian cuisine restaurant in town.

Tandoori Oven is a favorite among many town residents. It's known for its tasty appetizers made with flavorful proteins and vegetables, salads, curries, wraps, a homemade Indian-style bread called naan and delicious beverages such as Indian beer, mango lassi and chai.

Tandoori has locations in Campbell, San Jose, Palo Alto and Daly City.

According to Gough, it's safe to assume the restaurant's new cuisine will also originate from the Punjab region of Northern India and Pakistan.

Gwen Reandeau December 17, 2011 at 03:52 AM
I enjoy the Indian spices in their food, as long as it's all vegetarian.
Chigiy Binell December 17, 2011 at 07:24 AM
I eat there all the time. It is nice to know it's expanding. However, I don't understand the name change. I always thought it was a bad idea to change the name of a successful restaurant.
David Smith April 13, 2012 at 03:19 AM
This isn’t the first time the owner changed the name, it’s the second…all within less than a decade. He originally opened as Chaat Café in 2003, then changed the name to Tandoori Oven in 2004. As the chain expanded, each restaurant was branded with a design inspired by artist David Csicsko. Now the owner is in litigation with the artist over copyright infringement, and he seems to be changing the restaurant’s image again.
Chigiy Binell April 13, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Thanks for the info David. I did not know that scoop. My husband went down to eat at Tandoori Oven two weeks ago. He came home and told me that he couldn't eat there because the restaurant was gone. Now my husband is a long time sufferer of refrigerator blindness, (if you don't know what refrigerator blindness is, I can explain it to you, although if you are married your wife probably has already.) But that's what happens when you change the name of your restaurant, you lose regulars. They can't even find it when it's right next door.
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