India Garden, an 8-year-old local Indian restaurant on Fourth Street moved locations less than a month ago to a larger building with more seating.
The move wasn’t far – just the building next door, 420 E. 4th St.
Restaurant owner Rakesh Kumar said the new location seats between 70-80 people while the old location only sat 46.
“We have a party hall,” Kumar said. “We like birthday parties, marriage parties, things like that.”
The new location is the largest restaurant on Fourth Street, Kumar said. It takes up two buildings that are connected in the middle.
Each side of the restaurant has two large rooms filled with tables and chairs. There are booths closer to the buffet area. Customers are greeted by Indian music and the rich smell of spices.
Kumar said he hopes this location will attract more people.
“It is very near to the university, so there is more of a crowd,” Kumar said.
Blake Wiles, 30, said India Garden is the best Indian restaurant in Bloomington.
Wiles said he liked that the restaurant offers chai for free. He also said India Garden seemed to appreciate its customers more than other restaurants he had been to.
“It seems like a better location here because there is more room,” Wiles said.
The restaurant serves a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. every day.