One of Houston's most popular Indian restaurants will have a new home in 2016. Kiran's is in the final stages of executing a lease that will see the restaurant move to the Kirby Grove development on Richmond. The restaurant's current location at Mid Lane and Westheimer will be redeveloped.
"I am so excited. When the news came that we didn’t have the option to renew our lease, we were concerned," chef/owner Kiran Verma tells CultureMap. "Now when we found such a perfect, beautiful location."
Verma says that her last service at the current location will be on April 9. The new location should open in late July or early August.
Local real estate development Midway is behind the project, and Verma says the company's track record with large-scale developments like CityCentre gives her confidence that she's made the right decision. "They make beautiful properties," Verma says. "Very good people to have as landlords, so we decided to go with them."
At approximately 6,000-square feet, the new location will be 1,000-square feet larger than the current location. Kiran's will use the extra space to expand its bar, which is quietly one of the more reliable craft cocktail spots near The Galleria. Verma is also looking forward to having a little more room in the kitchen.
Verma says she has big plans for the time between her current location's closure and the opening of the new location. In addition to overseeing the restaurant's design, she'll be "reinventing" her dinner menu and developing an all-new lunch menu that will cater to the office workers of the 16-story building.
"(Lunch) will be focused on light dishes (and) salads with proteins," Verma says. "Easy and fast but still gourmet meals for our guests from the building, plus we will attract a lot of Greenway Plaza visitors."