Published: Sep 21, 2008 06:57 PM
Modified: Sep 21, 2008 06:57 PM
Indian eatery comes to West Franklin
Restaurants have their own distinct personalities, and a new personality has arrived on the scene on West Franklin Street. Mint, a restaurant featuring contemporary Indian cuisine, opened its doors on Sept. 10.Manager Rupinder Singh said Mint is a family business; his father, Deljit Singh, is the owner.The family comes from the Punjab region of Northern India, and their restaurant features the food of that area. Mint offers a daily buffet featuring dishes such as palak paneer, spinach with cheese and vegetable korma. Other dishes are prepared in the restaurant''s clay oven, including Mint chicken kebab, salmon, lamb chops and chicken manpasand.The price range is moderate: appetizers are $3 to $10, entrees $10 to $21. The lunch buffet is $9."In India there are two different kinds of food -- Northern Indian and Southern Indian," Singh said. "Northern Indian food is healthier."The family previously owned an Indian restaurant called Tamarind, in Apex, which they eventually sold prior to returning to India for a time. When they came back to the United States, they settled in Chapel Hill and began looking for a location to start a new restaurant. After a long search, they found the space at 504 W. Franklin St., where the N.C. Sports Bar used to be. In addition to its lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant features a full bar. So far, Singh said, business has been good. "Nights are doing good," said Singh. "Lunch is OK -- sometimes busy, sometimes slow." Mint is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays, noon to 2:30 p.m. weekends. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays; on weekends it stays open later.
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