Indian food is back in Pendleton with the same ownership and location, but under a different name.
Owners Surya and Andrea Das opened Flavors of India at 103 S.E. Court Ave., the same spot where Govinda’s Garden opened two years ago.
Surya Das thinks he’s zeroed in on what made the family’s first foray into Indian dining unsuccessful.
“In this cowboy town, vegetarian (cuisine) isn’t the right option,” he said.
Govinda’s Garden opened in Pendleton in 2015, the restaurant acting not only as the city’s only Indian restaurant, but also as its only completely vegetarian eatery. The couple moved Govinda’s Garden to College Place at the end of 2016 and an Italian restaurant named Fattonies took its place last summer.
Das said it was difficult to manage businesses in two separate towns at once — the Dases also own The Marigold Hotel connected to the restaurant space — and traveling between Pendleton and College Place was made harder during a heavy winter.
When Fattonies folded after Round-Up, the family retook the space and converted it back to an Indian restaurant.
When the space reopened Nov. 2, it was rechristened Flavors of India, a move meant to disassociate the restaurant with vegetarian cuisine. The restaurant now has several chicken dishes, including curry, korma and masala.
Flavors of India is a buffet during lunchtime and a traditional restaurant during the evenings.
Flavors of India is one of six business licenses the city of Pendleton issued in October. Below are the rest of the business names, their physical or mailing address and their owner or contact person.
• Southern Twine, 615 W. Highland Ave., Hermiston, Patrick Hunt
• Moeuth Soeum, 8 S.E. Dorion Ave., Moe Pho
• Eastern Oregon Mechanical, P.O. Box 1377, Hermiston
• Lawn CH, 1901 N.W. 56th Ave., Stephen Lawn
• Alphabet School, 920 S.W. Frazer Ave.