New Indian restaurant opens in Mt. Airy

The corner of West Nippon Street and Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy is now home to a new Indian takeout restaurant.

After months of renovation, JYOTI Indian Bistro has opened at 7220 Germantown Ave, the former site of Avenue Bistro. The eatery started serving up its authentic, home-style cuisine on Saturday.

“It’s been wonderful,” said Jyoti Gupta, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Vijai. “The support from the community has been excellent. I’m overwhelmed.”

The couple is no newcomer to selling Indian food. For the past 30 years, they’ve operated JYOTI Natural Foods, a prepared foods company whose products are available on grocery stores shelves and offered as in-flight meals for a handful of airline companies.

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Some of the same dishes are available at the bistro, the duo’s first foray into the restaurant world. Select items – Butter Chicken, Saag Paneer, and Chana Masala, among others – will be available every day of the week. Other dishes will be rotated in and out depending on the day.

Customers can get their food to go or grab a seat inside the restaurant’s completely overhauled space.

On Monday, Charles Todd, who works nearby at Mt. Airy Custom Furniture, decided to do the former.

“I think they’ll probably do well,” said Todd as he headed back to the shop. “The prices seem to be reasonable.”

A vegetarian platter – two vegetable sides, rice, bread and a side salad runs $7. A non-vegetarian platter – one non-vegetarian dish, one vegetable, rice, bread and a side salad – costs $8.

JYOTI Indian Bistro is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

A date has not yet been set for Jyoti’s grand opening, an event expected to bring Mayor Michael Nutter to Germantown Avenue.


Interested in take-out from JYOTI? You can reach the restaurant at 215.242.5139

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