Lake Street restaurant destroyed during unrest to open temporary location this month
A Minneapolis restaurant burned down during unrest in the Twin Cities this summer will open a temporary location.
Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, which used to be on Lake Street, will have a temporary home in the former Chef Shack location at Franklin and 31st avenues, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant. The restaurant reported signing the lease for the location in July, according to the post.
In an interview with KSTP’s Alex Jokich last month, Gandhi Mahal’s owner, Ruhel Islam, said a state statute that requires property taxes to be "fully paid" before any kind of demolition could occur had been preventing him from reopening the restaurant.
Islam said his property taxes were estimated to be around $15,000. Islam said, during the interview, he has always paid taxes, but his restaurant currently has no cash flow and has lost about $100,000 per month being closed.
The restaurant will operate the temporary space while also working to rebuild its Lake Street location.
A Facebook post from the restaurant reads, "We are excited to bring curry in a hurry to everyone!" and goes on to state that the temporary location will be opening this month.