First there was fro-yo. Then came the noodles. Now, Indian fare will soon be dished out in a Carytown storefront.
Charlottesville restaurateurs Ravi Dahiya and Rinku Singh are teaming up to open Tulsi Indian Cuisine in the former Spiral Noodle location at 3131-33 W. Cary St.
It’s their first Richmond venture since launching Royal Indian Restaurant in Charlottesville in 2003.
“There is a lot of foot traffic in the area, and a mixture of incomes that visit…Opening the restaurant in this location made sense.”
Tulsi, which means “holy basil,” is set to open in the fall.
Robert Heim, a broker with Richmond-based Bandazian & Co., represented Tulsi in the five-year lease. Austin Joy, a broker with Spotts & Carneal, represented the landlord.
At 3,500 square feet, the space has been a revolving door in the last few years.
Pennsylvania-based frozen yogurt shop Yapple set up in the space in 2012. Spiral Noodle, an Asian noodle eatery, filled the space in 2015. It closed earlier this year.
With more than 20 years of restaurant experience, Dahiya said he plans to bring his flair of North Indian cuisine to the location. Diners can expect to see a new take on traditional dishes that include goat, chicken and beef, as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes.
The duo plans to pump about $250,000 of their own capital into the space.
Renovations will include stripping the previous tenant’s bright-colored lights and mostly blank white walls, and replacing that with large chandeliers and walls painted with earth-tone colors, Dahiya said.
Once open, Tulsi will seat about 80 diners and be staffed by about 12 people.
With work underway on the new space, Dahiya said he’s ready to be part of the Carytown dining scene.
“This is a good neighborhood,” Dahiya said. “There are a lot of people here and we’re going to work hard to bring people in.”
Tulsi won’t be without competition in Carytown. Farouk’s House of India at 3033 W. Cary St. has been in the neighborhood for about 40 years.