The spot in the Towne East Square food court that's been vacant since Subway left just got a new tenant, and it's serving a type of cuisine not common to mall food courts.
New Paradise, which is an offshoot of the Indian restaurant by the same name that Venkata Padamati opened a year ago at 1648 S. Rock Road, has been up and running at Towne East for a couple of weeks. It's located on the south-facing side of the lower level food court, next to Charleys Philly Steaks.
It's serving a limited offering of some of the favorites from the original New Paradise, including chicken tikka masala, chicken biryani, paneer tikka masala and chicken or veggie samosas. The restaurant also always has curry dishes, tandoori chicken and chicken kababs ready to serve. It also offers fried rice and spring rolls.
Entrees range from $4.99 to a half order to $8.99 for a full order. A combo plate, featuring two curries, rice and noodles, is $9.99.
For more than a decade, Padamati has operated cellphone accessory kiosks called Dial N Style in both Towne East and Towne West. His Towne East kiosk sits just in front of his new restaurant, and for weeks, he watched Subway move out.
"Everyday I was watching the food court, and when they relocated, I thought I'd like to try this," he said.