A Greenfield, Mass., restaurant owner has plans to open a new place for Indian cuisine in Keene.
Madan Rathore, the co-owner of The Clay Oven restaurant in Greenfield, will open The Spice Chambers at the former site of The Chambers Restaurant at 8 Winter St. next month.
Rathore said his restaurant will focus on northern Indian cuisine, but will serve dishes from all parts of the country.
The restaurant, which measures just under 2,000 square feet, has been empty since The Chambers closed a year ago.
The Chambers had been open for a few months after it replaced another restaurant at that location, Nicola’s Trattoria, which moved to Railroad Street in 2010.
The Spice Chambers is expected open June 5, Rathore said.
Rathore is applying through the City Council for an alcohol license and a license to use the sidewalk outside for outdoor seating. The status of those applications may affect when the restaurant can open, he said.
Rathore, who lives in Greenfield but said he is considering a move to Keene sometime in the future, has run The Clay Oven for about two years. It has become a successful business for Indian-food lovers in the area, he said.
He said he is opening the Keene restaurant in response to demand from customers who came to The Clay Pot because it was the closest Indian restaurant to the Monadnock Region.
“People came from Keene, and they said, ‘Why don’t you open in Keene?’” he said. “I said, ‘Why don’t we see what we can do.’”
Rathore will work in the kitchen and has also hired several chefs to work at The Spice Chambers, he said
He said he kept the name out of respect to Dorrie F. O’Meara, the Keene businesswoman who owned The Chambers.
“I want to bring some good and healthy food to Keene,” he said. “It will be a great opportunity for people here to feel comfortable at dinner.”