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Franktuary Downtown to close, NOLA reopens and other news

Written by Melissa McCart on

There are a handful of openings and closing announcements this week, starting with:

1. India Garden
in Oakland has closed. The restaurant owned by Didar Singh is listed for sale for $1,300,000.  Mr. Singh also owns the year-old All India, but its opening head chef, Tamil Selvan, has since moved on to open his own restaurant, Kohinoor in Monroeville.

In June 2013 India Garden was cited for extensive health violations, including employees smoking on the cook line. 

2. NOLA on the Square reopens tomorrow with celebrations to include Jazzfest through July 19 and Battle Hot Sauce on July 30. New to the space is Speakeasy, a whiskey-and-craft beer-focused bar open from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  The upstairs Champagne and tapas bar, Perle, also will reopen on Tuesday.  See here for more information on opening events. 

3. After a 10-year run, the Downtown location of Franktuary will be closing July 23. The occasion will be marked by a "Franks for the Memories" celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church-basement location was the start for the restaurant, which has expanded to include a food truck and the Lawrenceville location, which opened last January. Read more about the closing here

Post-Gazette photo of Franktuary co-owner Megan Lindsey.


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