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Gateway to India Gig Harbor closes, Tacoma location lives on

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As owner Surinder Singh puts it, the Gig Harbor location of Gateway to India may be closed, but the search continues for a new location.

“Unfortunately after 12 years I had to close down my second location in Gig Harbor, permanently,” said Singh. The restaurant announced the closure on its website.  

“I am really grateful for people in Gig Harbor and surrounding cities for all the love and support they gave me for past years,” Singh added. 

The Tacoma location, known for its plentiful lunch buffet offerings and spice-tinged Northern Indian dishes, stays put and Singh said the family will continue serving at local farmers markets. The restaurant’s food can be found at the “Proctor Farmers Market on Saturdays, and Tacoma Farmers Market on Thursdays to serve my customers,” said Singh. 

He added, “my plan is to open again. Just don’t know where?” 

He promised to keep readers informed when he finds that new location. 

Gateway to India is, along with India Mahal in University Place, among the oldest Indian restaurants in this region. The Tacoma location opened 25 years ago. The family duplicated the restaurant across the Narrows in 2009 with a second location. 

Singh ran the restaurants with brother C.J. Singh, a gregarious and beloved restaurateur who died in 2016. 

The family has built a reputation for its lengthy menu of classic Northern Indian dishes, including a standout goat curry, butter chicken and a half dozen lamb preparations.  

Vegetarian fare is phenomenal – from the kabuli chana that’s exquisitely spiced with cinnamon to the buttery artichoke hearts in a creamy gravy and green beans coated in a sauce with peppery heat. When buffet dining returns to the restaurant and a diner sees the curried turnips offered, make room on the plate for the wonderfully perfumed dish that I’ve only ever seen on that buffet. 

GATEWAY TO INDIA

Where: 2603 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-552-5022

Webhttps://gatewaytoindiarestaurant.com/

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