Tandoori Nights, a new restaurant serving South Asian dishes such as vegetarian momos (dumplings), butter chicken, and garlic naan alongside Latin American specialties including ceviche, tacos, and lomo saltado, is bringing its brand of cross-cultural dining to Courthouse Plaza in Fairfax, Virginia next month.
Co-owner Raj Tamang tells Eater that the next Tandoori Nights — his company’s flagship restaurant debuted last summer in neighboring Annandale ( 7137 Little River Turnpike) — is expected to open in the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Wing University (10312 Willard Way) before the end of March. Another Tandoori Nights is also in the works for Old Town Alexandria, but no timeline was given for that location other than “coming soon.” Tamang and his partners also operate carry-out friendly sibling establishment Pizza and Tandoori in Merrifield (8422 Lee Highway).
None of these restaurants are associated with the upscale Tandoori Nights that closed in Arlington a while back.
Tamang says the group plans to retain the existing bar (“which is huge,” he notes) and is adding an indoor stage in Fairfax to accommodate visiting musical acts, wedding parties, karaoke jams, birthday parties, and dances. They are also carving out room for a private meeting space for potential business clients. He says chef and co-owner Shyam Lama is building upon the predominantly Indian and Bolivian fare currently featured at the original Tandoori Nights by adding a broader wine list at the new location.
Tandoori Nights in Fairfax is projected to operate from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week.
Chubby Squirrel Brewing Company, a new nanobrewery and brewpub, is scheduled to open in the same shopping complex later this spring.