Business founder, hops farmer, budding vintner and Louisville resident Purna Veer holds multiple titles, and soon he plans to add restaurateur.
Veer is most well-known locally as founder and president of V-Soft Consulting, a growing IT staffing firm that is headquartered in Louisville but has offices in Georgia, Wisconsin and India. As IL reported Thursday, the company recently acquired MDT Technical.
His latest venture is a vast departure from IT. Veer plans to open an Indian fusion restaurant called Tandoori Fusion, according to Michael Ross, director of marketing for V-Soft Consulting, who also is handling marketing for the restaurant. Veer was out of the country and unable for comment.
Veer grew up the son of a farmer near Hyderabad, located in southern India. The impetus behind the restaurant, Ross said, was Veer’s desire to meld his heritage and favorite Indian dishes with his new home of Kentucky.
Ross said they are in final negotiations on a building that would place the restaurant in the Chamberlain Lane-Brownsboro Road corridor. They hope to seat 120 to 130 people at the restaurant.
“There are some great Indian restaurants here in the area, but in that location, there really isn’t anything,” he told Insider Louisville, noting that the nearest Indian restaurants are at least a couple of miles away. “This puts something in a location that isn’t really served to any large extent.”
Tandoori Fusion will be an upscale Indian restaurant with made-to-order dishes as well as a lunch buffet. The estimated average per person cost will be $25, Ross said.
The menu isn’t finalized, but it will include classic Indian dishes such as pork or lamb vindaloo, lobster pulao, chicken korma and salmon macchi with influences from other cultures including Kentucky, he said. Tandoori Fusion also will use some vegetables grown at Veer’s Oldham County farm.
Veer is in the final stages of interviewing “a classically trained Indian chef,” Ross said.
Larry McClean will serve as the general manager and is helping in the restaurant design process. McClean formerly worked at the Mediterranean-American restaurant Majid’s in St. Matthews, which closed in November after a 40-year run.
Tandoori Fusion will employ 20 to 25 people, and Ross said they are aiming for a June open date.