The oldest Indian restaurant in downtown Princeton will close its doors this month.
Masala Grill opened at 19 Chambers Street more than two decades ago. The owner of the restaurant said the landlord raised the rent too high. She was then given a month’s notice to close.
“It’s been a shock. We haven’t even really had enough time to wrap things up here,” said owner Suchitra Patel. “We posted a sign about the closing yesterday, and regulars have been coming in to see us all day and have been sending emails. Our customers have been so nice to us during this sad time.”
The last day of normal eat-in lunch and dinner service is Friday, May 13. An open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15.
Patel said Masala Grill will still continue to sell food after the closing, just not at a sit-down restaurant. Masala Grill will offer carry out, deliver and catering at a new location in West Windsor after the Chambers Street location closes. Delivery will be free in Princeton, and Patel hopes to find a Princeton location for pick ups as well. She also plans to have booths at local festivals and other events.
“To the friends I will miss dropping by and having a chat with, please don’t be a stranger,” Patel said. “I very much value your friendship and hope it will continue even if our meeting spot may be gone.”
For email updates from Patel and Indian cooking tips, sign up at the Masala Grill website. To place an order for delivery or pick up after the restaurant closes, you can still call 609-921-0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.