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Groundbreaking Indian restaurant will shutter after 18 years in Montrose

Groundbreaking Montrose Indian restaurant will shutter after 18 years

Indika Sunday brunch
Indika, which earned national acclaim for its innovative dishes, will close June 30. Indika/Facebook

The last few months have been tough for Montrose restaurants. Since January, Pax Americana, Canopy, and The Pass & Provisions have all closed their doors.

Over the weekend, another restaurant in the neighborhood announced it will soon serve its last meal. Indika will cease operations after June 30, according to posts on the restaurant's social media accounts. The fine-dining Indian restaurant has been open for 18 years.

"It is with full and grateful hearts that we announce our beloved restaurant, Indika, will permanently be shutting its doors," the statement reads in part. "We welcome you, our friends and family, to come in this month for a last bite. It’s been a pleasure serving you all, and we look forward to sharing our next project with the ever-evolving Montrose restaurant scene."

Originally founded by chef-owner Anita Jaisinghani, the restaurant's eclectic approach to Indian cuisine earned it a reputation for being one of Houston's best restaurants. Jaisinghani earned a James Beard Award Best Chef: Southwest semifinalist nomination for her work there in 2012.

However, the chef sold her stake in the restaurant in 2017 to concentrate on Pondicheri, her most casual, eclectic cafe that has locations in Houston and New York City. As of January, Khyber owner Mickey Kapoor had been operating the restaurant. At the time, he told CultureMap that he had instituted a number of changes, including "[adding] some traditional Indian dishes to the modern Indian fare [to make] the menu appeal to a much bigger segment of Indian food fans."

In other words, diners going for one last meal probably won't find the once-famous goat brain masala on the menu, but the crab meat samosas are still available. CultureMap has contacted Kapoor to inquire about his plans for the space and will update this article when he responds.