A beer and wine liquor license has been filed for 258 Divisadero St, the former home of King Foot Subs, which was put up for lease less than two months ago. The new business moving in is one locals don't currently have on that end of Divisadero: an Indian restaurant.
The liquor license was filed under the business name Indian Paradox, owned and operated by Kavitha Raghavan. She also writes a blog of the same name.
We've reached out to Raghavan for more information, but have yet to hear back. According to her bio on the site, Raghavan was raised in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, but came to the U.S. to pursue a Masters Degree in Mechanical Electrical Engineering. After moving to Silicon Valley, she began taking trips to vineyards up north and discovered a passion for wine.
Raghavan explains that the name, Indian Paradox, addresses a perceived mismatch between Indian food and wine. She writes that Indian cuisine (particularly Indian street food) is not often associated with fine dining. Conversely, wine is "all about etiquette," and so "The Indian Paradox" is the space where the two can come together.
Perhaps in preparation of its brick-and-mortar location, Indian Paradox has been hosting pop-up dinners throughout the Bay Area. One such pop-up in late June featured small traditional plates paired with wine: Chickpeas coated in mustard seeds, coconut, raw mangoes and lemon were paired with a Clos de la Chapelle Muscadet 2013, and Dahi Sev Puri — featuring semolina puffs stuffed with yogurt, fried chickpea flour and chutney — was paired with Domaine de Colette Beaujolais 2013.
Construction on the new brick-and-mortar space began as soon as the dust settled following King Foot Subs' departure. Most recently, a building permit was filed to build new seating, a new kitchen, and a new unisex bathroom.
We'll keep you in the loop, and will let you know when Indian Paradox might be ready to open its doors.