The New Delhi Bar and Restaurant is opening this month at 1400 Nicollet at the site of the former Snoodles Restaurant, said co-owner and general manager Shamez Babvani.
One side of the building will offer fine Indian dining, the other side will have a bar. "This is the beginning of Eat Street," Babvani said. The other partners are Om Parkash, owner of Natraj Indian Caf, 1123 W. Lake St., and Sayyad Hussain, Babvani said. Parkash will be the chef at the New Delhi.
Other Indian restaurants tend to take over American-style eateries and use the same trappings, he said. The New Delhi will create more of an ambiance, including wall murals with Mogul influence.
The New Delhi will offer a lunch buffet ($6.95) 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. It will offer dinner 5 p.m.-11 p.m. (entrees ranging from $6 to $15) and a Sunday brunch, Babvani said. It will offer valet parking.
He said he expected to have more success than Snoodles, which had to compete with other nearby restaurants offering similar food. "We are going more ethnic," Babvani said.
The bar will be open 4 p.m.-1 a.m., he said. The timing of the opening depends on licensing.