Fate works in unusual ways sometimes.
It surely had a hand in matching the venerable building with enormous curb appeal — a grand “Gone with the Wind”-style staircase tends to help in that department — with a trio of new owners equipped with the perfect combination of gumption and guts to transform it into something that will help restore the sparkle to Jeffersonville’s dining and entertaining scene, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.
“I’m a visionary guy and I truly believe that this street can look as good as Phoenixville if all the businesses work together,” said Amit Doshi, who partnered with Dr. Natu Patel and Balder Singh to give the former Chateau Granieri on West Main Street in West Norriton a long overdue new lease on life. “This is already being called a jewel of the Norristown area.”
In keeping with the “jalsa” sensibility, the elegant but relaxed contemporary motifs in the main and private dining rooms encourage lingering over a glass of wine or a refreshing cucumber mint cooler, a seasonal alcoholic specialty of the bar made with fresh cucumber juice.
“Every single drink from the bar, we want people to taste the freshness. We are much different than other Indian restaurants, which don’t normally have a bar or the kind of ambience that we created. We didn’t make it feel like you’re sitting in an Indian restaurant. We built this as a place where people can have a nice two hour dinner, with whiskey, wine or whatever you like,” explained Doshi, who said he handpicked every décor detail himself.
Reservations are required for the private dining experience, which features seven-, nine- or eleven-course meals.
MONTCO.Today published a story on the restaurant last month.
“Each course is paired to go with a red or white wine,” Doshi said.
“The other unique thing is that we make our own masala, grinding the spices here.”
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