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Neela's in Napa Reportedly to Close July 31

Owner Neela Paniz is planning to sell the only Indian restaurant in Napa, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Inside Scoop" blog.

 

Napa's only Indian restaurant is closing its doors to regular customers at the end of next month, reports the "Inside Scoop" food blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.

After July 31, Neela Paniz will cut back service at her restaurant on Clinton Street to one or two prix-fixe dinners a week and putting the place up for sale, according to blogger Paolo Lucchesi.

Paniz says she wants to slow down, work on her next cookbook and spendtime with her grandchildren, Lucchesi writes.

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D. Moore June 30, 2012 at 02:00 PM
What a shame! Delicious food and charming owners. Our group wasn't familiar with Indian cuisine, but Neela's husband took the time to suggest what he thought we'd enjoy. He was spot on! Everything was wonderful. Best wishes and many thanks for the lovely introduction to India!
Ro Carlson June 30, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Only Indian restaurant in Napa? Let's not forget about Taste of Himalayas, which is delicious!
Karen Cherniss June 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Neela's is such a treat to visit. Wait staff delightful. I hope her new plan works out, and anyone who hasn't tried the restaurant will give it a go.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) June 30, 2012 at 04:39 PM
TOTH is wonderful and has menu items also found in Indian restaurants, but it is not strictly speaking an Indian restaurant: http://napa.patch.com/articles/front-of-the-house-a-taste-of-the-himalaya
Scott Yeager July 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I like it, but it ain't Indian.
Scott Yeager July 01, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I was really hoping I would like her place but it just didn't do it for me and I love Indian food. I have thought for a long time there is an opening for a good, lunch and dinner Indian take out place downtown with a simple menu.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Me too, Scott. Bombay Club didn't do it for me, though. Something in between steam-table-buffet and high-end-wanna-be would be great; I dream of an Indian version of Small World, serving basic menu items made fresh to order without a lot of fuss and expense.
Scott Yeager July 01, 2012 at 04:00 PM
When in Berkeley you can try Indian street food at Viks Chaat, which is quite different than you get in a typical Indian restaurant and they have an Indian Market. http://www.vikschaatcorner.com/ If you are in Sacramento for some reason and want really good Indian food then Kaveri is the place and they have an Indian Market next door. Their lunch buffet is fantastic, I know some can be not very good, they are an exception. http://www.kaverimadrascuisine.com/

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