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Indus, An Indian Restaurant, Coming Soon to Downtown Highland Park

Highland Parkers Ajit and Sukhu Kalra are bringing upscale Indian cuisine to their hometown this spring.

The couple’s Indus Progressive Indian Dining, inspired by the traditional flavors and history of the Indus Valley region in northern India, is planning a May opening at 617 Central Ave. in downtown Highland Park.

“Indus will introduce Chicagoland to progressive Indian cuisine that reimagines what modern Indian food must be, with a menu that may appeal to all palates — from Indian food aficionados to the uninitiated,” said Ajit Kalra, a native of Recent Delhi, in a press release.

Indus will take over the storefront at 617 Central Ave., left vacant in 2023 when Sweet Home Gelato joined forces with Terry’s Toffee across the corner at 1853 Second St.

The discharge says the restaurant plans to open in May with dinner service and expand with lunch and brunch options in some unspecified time in the future over the summer.

Indus will likely be the second Indian concept for Ajit and Sukhu Kalra, who opened and located success with Bhoomi Modern Indian Grill in downtown Chicago in 2021.

In keeping with the discharge, the Kalras have worked for greater than a 12 months to create a menu for Indus that features classic Indian cooking in addition to more unique Indian options, “similar to Wagyu steaks adorned with varied Indian herbed compound butters and smoked brisket dry-rubbed with their mix of Indian fresh roasted spices.”

Indus reportedly may even offer a choice of wines and inventive cocktails, and the discharge says the pricing “allows the restaurant to be accessible to all.”

Inside, Sukhu Kalra has led the design of the space, which reportedly will feature sprawling murals, hand-crafted vases, and table lamps reflective of ancient Indus Valley pottery.

The discharge says that Indus “is deeply influenced” by Jiggs Kalra, Ajit Kalra’s father who has been called the “czar” of Indian cuisine and who died in 2019. Jiggs Kalra was the primary Asian inducted into the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame.

“Indus Progressive Indian Dining won’t only offer an immersive experience of Indian foods and drinks but an environment of purpose-driven, meaningful, and positive impact on the community,” said Sukhu Kalra in the discharge.

Sukhu Kalra grew up in Chandigarh, India. She launched a food truck business in Chicago in 2012 and reportedly is captivated with social justice and ecological responsibility, setting the table for Indus’ ingredient-driven philosophy, which also drives Bhoomi.

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