It's Your Business: Indian restaurant closes, but new one opening

It's Your Business: Indian restaurant closes, but new one opening

The restaurant Sairam Om in southwest Champaign has closed, but diners in search of Indian food — especially dishes from southern India — soon will be able to sit down to meals like spicy Chicken 65 in the same location.

Krishna Tangella of Champaign anticipates the opening of Aroma Curry House in one to two weeks in the space previously occupied by Sairam Om in the Village at the Crossing near Windsor and Duncan roads.

Sairam Om closed earlier this fall.

"People are looking for this kind of food, especially if it's good," Tangella said.

Tangella and his business partner, K. Sundaravelu, have hired three chefs and plan to offer Indian cuisine, with an emphasis on southern dishes such as dosas, idlis and a variety of curries. "Unlike many Indian restaurants where the curries are pre-made, we believe in doing it from scratch," Tangella said.

He and his partners chose the name Aroma Curry House because, he said, the scent of curries "makes my mouth water."

It also was a simple, easy-to-pronounce and easy-to-remember name, he said, and reflects their goal of having a restaurant where guests feel like they are dining at home.

"Everyone's welcome there," Tangella said.

The restaurant will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. those same days. He intends to serve alcoholic drinks such as wine and Indian beers. The restaurant seats about 50.

Aroma Curry House is at 2502 Village Green Place, C, and can be reached at 352-3663 or 352-FOOD.

Coming soon?

In the same shopping plaza, a new restaurant concept is being planned for the old AnSun space. The Asian and American restaurant and bar also closed earlier this fall.

The owners of the new dining establishment, the Mahaffey Group, are the same couple behind AnSun, but so far that's all we've been told about the business being planned.

Restaurant consultant Ken King, who is working with the Mahaffeys, said it will be a "completely new, blow-your-socks-off, let's-fill-the-place-up" kind of concept and "something underrepresented in Champaign."

They're gearing up for an opening in early December, and King promised more details in the coming weeks.


Tee Nail & Spa, at 2715 N. Vermilion St., Danville, opened this weekend. It offers nail services, including manicures, pedicures and waxing. The salon can be reached at 497-1328 or 497-8266.

Last hurrah

You've got one more week to indulge in your Jarling's Custard cravings.

Jarling's Custard Cup, at 309 W. Kirby Ave., C, will close for the season at 10 p.m. Nov. 27 — or when the place runs out of custard. The shop will reopen in the spring, on Friday, March 9.

Until the closing date, Jarling's is open noon to 10 p.m. daily, although the drive-thru closes at 9:45 p.m.

Are you opening a new business or changing an existing business? Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by email at; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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Mr. Chung wrote on November 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Sairam Om was awesome.  We're very much looking forward to the new place!  :)