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A Taste of India Comes to Skiff Street


A Taste of India Comes to Hamden

by Chris LaTorraca: Hamden Journal

The building that formerly housed IHOP on Skiff Street is now home to the Cumin

India restaurant. Now open since the middle of January, Cumin India already has quite

a following. The restaurant celebrated its ribbon cutting with mayor Jackson. According

to owner, Harry Patel,"The food is authentic Indian cuisine with very reasonable

prices." Harry, who is also the owner of Happy Harry’s pakage store in Highwood,

felt that "Hamden is an underserved market for Indian food. The location is perfect

for folks from Hamden and surrounding towns to visit and enjoy what we have to offer."

Mr. Patel is the classic American success story. Harry came to the U.S. in 1989.

For over six years, he worked at a motel and then a liquor store. Since then, Harry has

started several different businesses. He has succeeded in several different businesses

from the package store to motels to grocery stores. Now, he can include a restaurant. "I

have worked very hard for all these years and I’ll continue that hard work so we can deliver

the value that customers deserve," Harry explained. "We feel that Hamden is

a great market for an Indian restaurant. New Haven has twelve Indian restaurants and

our restaurant gives customers the chance to experience authentic Indian food without

having to drive to the city and deal with the lack of parking and the congestion," noted

Harry. Harry went on to describe the food and the atmosphere inside. "Cumin India serves

traditional Indian fare that is spicy, but not overly so. We will serve a variety of dishes

for both our entrees and the buffet. We also have a full service bar, and we also wanted

to make sure the décor is comfortable for our guests. Also delivery is available, as

well as our catering services." Mr. Patel strongly believes the public will enjoy his restaurant

and hopefully come back again. However, the true sign of success for a restaurant is what customers

are saying. The afternoon I stopped in to talk with Harry, a couple was enjoying their

lunch. Chris Miller and his wife were first time customers and they had nothing but

kudos. Mr. Miller exclaimed, "The food is unbelievable, the price is right, and I can’t wait to come back."

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