Serious Eats reports the popular vegetarian Indian sandwich stand, a favorite at Smorgasburg, will open their first store on November 18th. Husband-wife owners Shiv Puri and Shikha Jain are in the final stages of revamping their Chelsea outpost on 48 west 27th Street.
Admirably, the first-time restaurant owners considered the opening process seamless, and they managed to stay within their budget.
In regards to the experience, Puri claims, “I’m thankful that it has, mostly, been really positive and empowering. Part of this is because I spent a lot of time making sure that I hired the right team.” Ten to fifteen architects and contractors presented Puri and wife Jain with widely varying proposals and budgets. He stressed the importance of presenting your best work at every stage of the opening process; at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
Puri brings up a valid point; hiring the right team doesn’t end at kitchen and front of house staff in creating your “ideal” restaurant. Opening a restaurant is a two-way street; whether it’s your first time or twentieth, doing your homework in advance and coming prepared will bring your dreams one step closer to fruition.