Shuffle of Indian restaurants on Lark

tandoor palace jewel of india

One's out, one's in?

Update: MattW checks back in to say that Tandoor Palace was back open when he went by Thursday evening.
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MattW sends along word that it appears Tandoor Palace at Lark and Madison in Albany has been seized by the state Department of Taxation and Finance for "nonpayment of taxes." (more photos after the jump)

At the other end of Lark, it's look like another Indian place is sprouting: a sign in one of the spaces by the still-closed Al Baraki says a restaurant called Jewel of Indian is coming soon. There's a website mentioned, but the domain is currently parked.

Of course, that neighborhood is still not without Indian options: LaZeez is at 35 Central and Aashiana is at 31 Central and Gandhi is at 1 Central.

Also: As of earlier this month, a Taste of Greece was for sale -- $55,000 was the asking price.

tandoor palace seized

tandoor palace seizure letter

(Thanks, MattW)

Tandoor Palace photos: MattW

Comments

What's the deal with Al Baraki anyway?

I have tried Tandoor three times and been disappointed every time so that doesn't make me mourn at all. An even better (in my opinion) option than Lazeez for Indian and Pakistani food is right before it on Central - Aashiana. It is smaller and less fancy, perhaps, and you'll probably be served personally by the owner Saleem but the food is food is wonderful and the lunch and Friday night buffet meals are fantastic values.

Editors: Aashiana totally slipped our mind. We just added it.

Yeah, I miss Al Baraki.

You forgot Gandhi at the corner of Washington and Lark. Also the Jewel of India sign is in the window of the old Shades of Green, not Al-Baraki. Though it does look like something is happening in the old Al-Baraki.

Greg: Yep, Gandhi, too. Obviously the part of my brain that remembers Indian restaurants is not working.

I wrote "one of the spaces near Al-Baraki" because I wasn't sure Shades of Green was necessarily a reference point any longer because -- sadly -- it has been closed for so long.

What about Gandhi, right on the corner of Central and Lark? Or do you all know something I don't?
I've always thought they had pretty good food.

So what kinds of message our "they" trying to send when John DeJohn has at least as of June 53k in back taxes?

1. DeJohn’s, Albany, June 22: $53,128. Barnes, S. TU, Table Hopping, July 19, 2010.

@Jay Has been closed since the fire at the Chinese Food Court next door and no further info known.

@Editors This seems to be related to the proprietors that have had a sign in the same location for pushing 2 yrs now. Also, there is Gandhi too.

Don't forget Curry House on Madison, between Allen and the Price Chopper

I live extremely close to Tandoori and I can always smell celery, onion, and spices cooking right before lunch. Yesterday, I didn't smell it and wondered what was up with that. The employees were apparently the last to know, of course, because I saw two of them walking to work yesterday, clearing not expecting to be locked out.

I, too, miss Al-Baraki. The chicken shawarma was a tasty cheap lunch.

Is Taste of Greece closed now? It was one of my favorite restaurants.

There's been a Jewel of India "coming soon" sign for at least a few years now. I find it a little doubtful.

Also, has anyone noticed that Royal India, across from the HWFC, is now apparently trying to transform itself into a sports bar/Indian food joint? I'm sort of fascinated, esp. since the location itself used to house some sort of dance/nightclub.

Whatever happened to promises of a new Shades of Green? Anyone?

I wish someone would open an Indian restaurant in Malta for all of us Tech Campus workers.

I really loved this place, the Chicken Malai masala was incredible.. although they never gave you enough rice and charged too much for naan. I will be disappointed not to have a decent Indian food choice in Center Square, I feel like I'm going to get stabbed every time I eat at Gandhi.

@Jess: Yep, there's been a sign up for a while, but what we neglected to mention is that as of this weekend, we noticed there's a lot of work going on in the place. So maybe now it's coming sooner. Or maybe they're just hoping for Australia Day http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2008/02/14/jackbit-and-joltz-downunder-lark-street

Boo...I actually enjoyed Tandoor Palace. I'll have to try other places! I guess there are worse things in life.

It's true the 'coming soon' sign has been in the window for 2 years, but like Mary said, work is being done there now... they papered over the windows the other day and put up new signs. I'm hoping for the best, I was never a big fan of Tandoor Palace.

Actually, I can't wait to see how that space ends up getting reused. Hoping for an awesome takeout-friendly restaurant of any kind. Anything other than a bar, really.

R Taylor-you show em' who's boss.

"Jewel of India" is open, and the food is better than any Indian food I've had in Albany.

I agree with Jason, I have been to every Indian restaurant in the Albany area and this place is by far the best. I have been there 4 times in the 2 weeks they have been open, and the food was excellent every time. The food reminded me of the Indian that I get in New York City. After a discussion with the owner, I found out the cook at Jewel is from NYC!

Tandoor Palace has closed (again) more or less overnight. There was a handwritten sign outside today touting the new "Lark Street Pub." All the old trappings were gone, tables had been moved around, and a new menu was taped to the window. It didn't seem like there were any customers inside when I walked by about thirty minutes ago.

Paula- yeah I walked by a few minutes ago as well. In addition to the handwritten sign, the sign above the door says "Lark Street Pub" as well. Menu looks terrible.

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