Once more, with curry

The longtime home of the former Byram’s Lobster House is being transformed yet again.

Lemon Cuisine of India, an upscale Indian restaurant, is slated to open in November at 3215 W. Broad St., owner Gurjeet Singh said.

When Byram’s closed in January after 70 years in business, new owners quickly reopened the 7,000-square-foot restaurant as Tower Fish House. That incarnation lasted barely a month.

Now Singh and Lemon Cuisine are making a go of it.

“It’s going to be fine dining,” Singh said. “We’re not going to do a buffet. It’s going to all be made fresh.”

Owner Gurjeet Singh scaled the roof of his new restaurant to hang a sign announcing its arrival.

Singh, who worked previously at Anokha Indian Cuisine in Glen Allen, said most entrees on the diner menu would range from $11 to $16. Lemon Cuisine will have a separate lunch menu, Singh said, where diners can expect soup or a salad, an entree, bread, rice and dessert for about $9.

Singh said the interior has an event hall that he’ll rent out for parties and receptions. Most of the build-out, he said, is going into the bar, which he’s paying for with personal savings.

The restaurant will have a full bar with cocktails, wine and beer, including some Indian beers.

Gus Nikiforos, who previously owned and ran Byram’s, still owns the property. Raffi Bandazian of commercial real estate firm Bandazian & Holden handled the lease.

According to Richmond Magazine, Gurjeet Singh will get some help managing the restaurant from partner Harvinder Singh.

The longtime home of the former Byram’s Lobster House is being transformed yet again.

Lemon Cuisine of India, an upscale Indian restaurant, is slated to open in November at 3215 W. Broad St., owner Gurjeet Singh said.

When Byram’s closed in January after 70 years in business, new owners quickly reopened the 7,000-square-foot restaurant as Tower Fish House. That incarnation lasted barely a month.

Now Singh and Lemon Cuisine are making a go of it.

“It’s going to be fine dining,” Singh said. “We’re not going to do a buffet. It’s going to all be made fresh.”

Owner Gurjeet Singh scaled the roof of his new restaurant to hang a sign announcing its arrival.

Singh, who worked previously at Anokha Indian Cuisine in Glen Allen, said most entrees on the diner menu would range from $11 to $16. Lemon Cuisine will have a separate lunch menu, Singh said, where diners can expect soup or a salad, an entree, bread, rice and dessert for about $9.

Singh said the interior has an event hall that he’ll rent out for parties and receptions. Most of the build-out, he said, is going into the bar, which he’s paying for with personal savings.

The restaurant will have a full bar with cocktails, wine and beer, including some Indian beers.

Gus Nikiforos, who previously owned and ran Byram’s, still owns the property. Raffi Bandazian of commercial real estate firm Bandazian & Holden handled the lease.

According to Richmond Magazine, Gurjeet Singh will get some help managing the restaurant from partner Harvinder Singh.

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Ike
Ike
9 years ago

Is there a much larger demand for Indian food than I realize?

Patricia Owens
Patricia Owens
9 years ago
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I work in the area and there is a huge demand for this type of restaurant. We love Anokha but it’s too far to go out to for lunch. Can’t wait!

Nathan Hughes
Nathan Hughes
9 years ago

Ike: Agreed that there are a LOT of Indian restaurants in the Richmond area, but take a look at where they are — almost exclusively in the West End (in pretty much every single strip center out there). The only Indian restaurant I can think of in the City of Richmond is Farouk’s in Carytown. It’s good to have another option for Indian cuisine within the city limits!

Lauren
Lauren
9 years ago

Finally! There is NO good Indian anywhere in city limits (not a fan of Farouk’sin Carytown). Very excited to hear this! Here’s hoping Lemon is as good as Anokha if not better!

Brett
Brett
9 years ago

Great idea for this location. Can’t wait! Good luck!

david
david
9 years ago

It’s right down the street and I have been there 4 times to date. Great food and the people who work there really care about what they do. There are a couple of kinks they need to work out, but has real potential!