Construction Begun on Indian Restaurant and Banquet Hall

The building at the northeast corner of Altadena Drive and Washington Boulevard was originally planned to be a restaurant and retail center.

Six months after a proposed Altadena Indian restaurant received approval from the County Regional Planning Commission to serve alcohol, construction on the restaurant and a newly proposed banquet hall has begun.

A small outlying building that used to house a florist formerly sat on the corner but was demolished to make way for the 5,000 square foot structure. Concrete was being poured Thursday said Burke Farrar, who represents the property owner Dr. Nirmal Kumar.

Kumar runs a medical practice near the location and was planning to have a medical supply located in the rear of the new building, but the medical supply company pulled out due to building delays and relocated elsewhere.

Kumar has now proposed that the back of the building be a banquet hall, which requires a separate conditional use permit for the sale of alcohol so he must begin the process of applying for one all over again.

Tuesday’s Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting agenda contained an item for the requested conditional use permit for the sale of alcohol to be consumed on site and “live entertainment for a restaurant and banquet hall located in a new building” at 2535 Washington Boulevard.

Farrar said Tuesday’s meeting mostly involved a presentation and answering questions about the proposed banquet hall. 

The conditional use permit for the banquet hall is in its “infancy,” Farrar told Patch, adding it needs to be reviewed by the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and goes back before the Land Use Committee in February and the entire Altadena Town Council that month. He is hoping for a Planning Commission hearing in March.

An opening date for the restaurant and banquet hall has not been set, Farrar said, but he guessed it could take at least six months with the construction and permit process.

Check back on Patch for updates about the Indian restaurant and banquet hall as they become available.

Michael Mersola December 09, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Progress is a good thing! I happy to hear people our bringing in new businesses to my second home of Altadena. Michael Mersola
Ivan G December 09, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I went by the site yesterday. I thought it was in Pasadena. It's at the far southeast corner of Altadena.
Jessica Hamlin December 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Hi Mimi, It is planned to be an Indian restaurant in front and a banquet hall in back.
khh1138 December 11, 2012 at 02:35 AM
This is great news! It was sad to see that little florist shop empty for so many years. Good luck to the new business!
jplewisart October 20, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Time for an update! I am eagerly awaiting the grand opening of a new Indian retsaurant. What is the current status??


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