Indian Restaurant To Replace Centro

The owner of Kabob and Curry and Rasoi will open up his third Indian restaurant on Main Street.

Centro will become Rasa, an Indian food restaurant.
Centro will become Rasa, an Indian food restaurant.

Sanjiv Dhar cut his teeth, restaurant-wise, on Thayer Street with Kabob and Curry, an Indian food staple there now. Then he opened Rasoi in Pawtucket just north of the Providence line. That restaurant has won numerous best-of awards from both the Providence Phoenix and Rhode Island Monthly.

Now, Dhar has trained his sights on East Greenwich. He is taking over the Centro Martini space, which opened two years ago but never quite took off. Rasa, as the new restaurant is to be called, will open in September, Dhar said Tuesday.

The Town Council voted Tuesday to transfer the victuals and liquor licenses over to the new entity.

“I’m looking forward to coming here and doing my part for the neighborhood,” Dhar told the Town Council. “All I can promise you is good food and good service.”

The only question councilors had for Rasa was about the request for a full entertainment license. Dhar said he only wanted to be able to offer an instrumentalist some nights, but then he said he hoped to add a night of Bollywood karaoke once the restaurant was established. 

In light of some complaints from residents, the council decided not to approve that level of an entertainment license at this time, but told Dhar he was welcome to return to the panel with that request at a future date.

"I've been looking for a long time and I thought this would be a nice neighborhood restaurant," Dahr said. "I feel it's a community that could use a good, well-run ethnic restaurant.

"I have a lot of friends in the area and they felt the area could support an Indian restaurant."

Dahr said he hopes to open in early September. 

"But I intend to run food trials for at least two weeks," he said. "I'd love to invite people check the menu out and suggest what needs to be changed." 

Kbenj August 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Hooray!!!! We can't wait!!!!
Brian Warburton August 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I'm with Harold . . . this is very exciting. We have been making trips to Rasoi in Providence over the last few years to get our Indian cuisine.
Patti DePriest August 15, 2013 at 01:45 PM
We'll support you! Our family's been enjoying Rasoi's delicious food since the other two Indian restaurants left town. So happy you'll soon be just a few minutes away. Best of luck!
punk in drublic August 15, 2013 at 05:25 PM
YES! Now somebody please convince the owners of Chilango's to open an authentic mexican restaurant down here.
Me August 27, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Happy to hear this news. I'd rather have an Indian Restaurant than an out of date martini bar anyday of the week. All we need now is a solid Vietnamese, Ethiopian or Middle Eastern Restaurant.


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