|Co-owner Ann Thomas|
What for decades was The Chariot, a popular Greek restaurant that closed when owners Mike and Penny Shinas decided to retire, operated for a year and a half as the Nirvana Indian Restaurant in its most recent incarnation.
The fire damage was largely confined to the Nirvana kitchen. Co-owner Ann Thomas told The Altamont Enterprise, "It’s an old building. We have to start the electrical stuff like brand-new, from scratch.”
Nirvana was opened by five partners -- Thomas, Sam Mannikarottu, Vinitha Thottam, A.E. Job and Anisha Idiyalil. The building, located at 518 Western Turnpike opposite the Town Hall complex, operated as the Inn Town Restaurant and the Evans Public House before it became Nirvana. There is no targeted opening date as of yet.
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