Tandoori Fusion, a new farm-to-table Indian restaurant, is opening in the Chamberlain Pointe shopping center in less than two weeks.
Owner Purna Veer, who founded local IT staffing firm V-Soft Consulting, has also owned a farm in Oldham County for years where he grows hops, vegetables and other crops. The chefs will use items, such as squash and okra, grown at the farm in dishes served at the restaurant.
“What better way to utilize the vegetables and other things that we are growing out there,” he told Insider. “Obviously, I am passionate about the food industry and wanted to create something unique and different.”
Tandoori Fusion is opening toward the end of the growing season this year, but Veer is hopeful that next year the farm will grow enough crops to supply the restaurant. The farm also will grow some Indian herbs and look into a greenhouse to extend the growing season.
“Fresh and local is important to our concept,” Veer said.
While the vegetables and other items will be locally grown in Kentucky, Tandoori Fusion’s menu will be authentic Indian, featuring dishes from all across India. Menu items include Chicken Chettinad, Biryani, Rice Kheer and Aloo Podimas.
Veer has imported tandoor ovens from India for the restaurant’s kitchen and hired kitchen staff who know how to cook Indian food, including executive chef Sanjay Verma. Staff will prepare dishes to be mildly spicy, though diners can request extra heat. The kitchen also will offer specials throughout the year.
“We try to empower the chefs to be creative,” Veer said.
His staff at V-Soft Consulting also has gotten the chance to help through taste testing items for the restaurant. Veer said the staff has been extremely supportive.
“I have a great team,” he said. “Once we set the vision and we say we are going to do this, they are championing this all the way through.”
Tandoori Fusion will serve lunch and dinner every day, as well as offer a separate bar menu with Indian-inspired small bites. A lunch buffet will be served Fridays through Sundays.
The restaurant design itself is modern and could work for any type of cuisine.
Tandoori Fusion has hired 25 staff members so far but would like to add about five more. Servers will wear traditional dresses for women and shirts for men that were ordered from India and embroidered with the restaurant’s logo.
Tandoori Fusion will open for its first day of business on Oct. 2. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
Pending the restaurant performing well in Chamberlain Pointe, Veer said he wants to open more locations.
“The plan is to expand to other places in the area and also beyond,” he said.