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June 13, 2014

Somerset gets its first taste of cuisine from India

Somerset —

When it comes to Indian food in Pulaski County, there used to be none — and now there is naan. Somerset’s first taste of the Asian country’s cuisine, Indian Palace, opened Friday to great public anticipation, and the owners are hoping to curry favor with even more people in the community. 
Just take a look at the restaurant’s Facebook page (“Indian Palace Restaurant Somerset Ky”). In the weeks leading up to the restaurant’s opening, the page was drawing comments like, “CAN. NOT. WAIT! We’re been hoping for an Indian restaurant here since we moved six years ago,” and “So excited to come check you out!”
The news of a restaurant serving the popular type of food had created quite the buzz, so patrons were eager to get a taste as soon as popular. B.J. Patel, one of four owners — along with M.K. Patel, S.P. Patel, and Harry Patel — was pleased with the opening day crowd.
“It was really busy in the morning,” said Patel. “Opening day was about how we expected.”
It was the social media anticipation that took ownership by surprise. “We weren’t expecting this many this many people (with) what kind of reaction we got from Facebook (and) people following us,” he said.
Even past the lunch hour, the restaurant stayed steadily busy, with the dining room about half full when a reporter entered at close to 2:30 p.m.
Proving most popular is the lunch buffet, which is currently available only for lunch. For dinner, the menu consists of a whopping 109 items.
“They loved it as far as the people who came today,” said Patel, who praised the work of experienced cooks “Meeka and Hashmukh,” with a decade of experience.
“It’s home cooking,” as Patel described it.
One of the most popular items on the buffet Friday was pakora, the fried fritter-type item that can contain meat or vegetables. 

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