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."