New Indian restaurant opens in Huntsville


If you like Indian cuisine, you’re going to love this news: Huntsville’s first Indian restaurant was inaugurated today and will officially open Saturday, June 16.

Diana Patel is the face behind the Marigold restaurant, located on Huntsville’s main street. She comes from a business background having owned the local Pizza Pizza franchise for some time as well as the Red Maple in the West End, formerly Super 8 .

She said she was often asked about Indian food in Huntsville by locals as well as those visiting the area, but she always came up empty. That’s when she began planning to open a restaurant here as she could not convince established restaurants to come to the area, she explained.

Patel said she wants to see the area grow and said providing Indian cuisine will help. It will be “a place to spend some time with the family and eat good food,” she said.

Her chef is from India and has moved to the area from B.C. In fact, both of the chefs are from India and will be making authentic Indian food from scratch.

“We have to work together to help the community to grow and bring more tourists to this town,” said Patel, who added that she’s not out to compete with anyone but looks forward to working with the business community as a whole.

Linda Simpson, who’ll be managing the restaurant, said she’s excited about the new venture. She said there’ll be chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes with different spice levels. “We’ve got some Indian beer coming in, we’ll have some beautiful Indian drinks…” she added.

Simpson said there will be approximately seven people working at the restaurant, which will have seating for 40 people plus room for four people at the bar. There are hopes to get an outdoor patio as well.

Tentative restaurant hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and open until 11 p.m. on weekends.

Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison and MP Tony Clement were at the ribbon-cutting inauguration and both expressed their appreciation for Indian cuisine.

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  1. Patricia Bush on

    Our family has been waiting for an Indian restaurant in Huntsville for so long! YEAH! Also it will be good to have vegetarian meals on the menu. We love Indian food. Congratulations and welcome. I think you will do good business.

  2. Yvonne Brown on

    Indian cuisine is a lovely blend of spices to dance on the palate!! Very pleased to have some authentic food experiences to recommend to new comers. 💕

  3. Yay i love Indian food , i became addicted in England and the stretches between my visits there were awful. Will they have delivery like they have in England ?

  4. Nadine Beatty on

    Very excited to have an Indian restaurant in town – love curry! So looking forward to eating at Marigold.

  5. Greatest news I’ve heard in some time. No more spontaneous trips to Tara in Barrie! Vindalove! All the best.

  6. Christine Riviere-Anderson on

    So exciting to have Indian food in Huntsville ! I can’t wait to try a new menu either.
    Congratulations and good luck to the Patel family!

  7. Congratulations Diana and the crew at the Marigold Indian restaurant and I wish you all the success. Indian food is the most versatile cuisine and we eat regularly at home and out in restaurants in Mississauga and Brampton. You will be successful if you maintain food quality and good pricing. Great luck in your pursuit.🕉🕉🕉

  8. Terry McCaffery on

    Congratulations to the Patel family! Wishing you great success! Great to see more diversity coming to Huntsville and I love Indian cuisine!

  9. I’ve been saying to friends for years that the last thing we need is another fast-food franchise selling processed-to-death “food”. At last I don’t have to wait until i’m back in That Big City by the Lake to enjoy healthy, tasty international fare. I wish Ms. Patel and her family great success with her new venture. See you there!

  10. Mrs. Linda Hudson on

    Yeah!!!!Doing the happy dance. Miss this food since moving from Toronto to Orrville. Can’t wait. Congrats to all.

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