A new Indian restaurant, Open Tandoor, will debut on North Williams Avenue in the Boise neighborhood later this month.
Located at 4311 N. Williams Ave. in the Wilmore Apartment building, the new restaurant will feature healthy Indian cuisine inspired by chef Kinder Gill’s native Punjab and her family’s traditional recipes.
Dishes will include garbanzo bean curry, red lentil curry, saag, ground lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, kebabs and naan bites and wraps. There will be vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options.
After two years at the Portland Masala food cart downtown, Gill and co-owner Navi Kang found a brick-and-mortar space and re-branded their operation as Open Tandoor. Two clay tandoor ovens that will be visible to diners inspired the new name.
The space was designed with bright, spice-route-inspired colors by Mark Annen of Annen Architecture and Design and will seat 47 inside. Large roll-up glass doors will open to the sidewalk with 40 outdoor seats. Warm, natural woods will be used for tables and eating counters.
The fast-casual restaurant will offer counter service and beverages, including craft cocktails, beer, wine, smoothies, sodas and a signature Indian-spiced tea. Gill is an advocate for a transparent food system and will source ingredients locally when possible, like lamb from Sudan Farms and lentils and garbanzo beans from Bob’s Red Mill.
The restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page @opentandoorpdx.