Carrie Rengers

Passage to India operators opening Lawrence restaurant

Passage to India co-owner Kuldip Singh
Passage to India co-owner Kuldip Singh File photo

A couple of people associated with Passage To India in Wichita are going to open something of a sister concept in Lawrence.

Nav Chawla, a Passage to India cook, and Kuldip Singh, a co-owner in the restaurant near 21st and Woodlawn, are opening Bayleaf Indian Restaurant & Bar at 947 New Hampshire St. in Lawrence.

“It’s right in downtown,” Chawla says.

“We saw some good opportunity,” he says. “It’s close to Kansas City.”

He says he and Singh also like that Lawrence is a college town.

The new restaurant will be in 3,300 square feet, which compares to 1,900 square feet at Passage to India.

Like the Wichita restaurant, Bayleaf will be open for lunch and dinner six days a week and close on Mondays.

The menu will be very similar as well.

“Ninety nine percent, yes,” Chawla says.

He says there will be some extras, too, such as lobster and scallop dishes “that you don’t see particularly in any Indian restaurants.”

Chawla says Passage to India has had those dishes as specials here, and they’ve done well.

“We are planning to open it by Christmas,” he says. “It might go a little bit longer.”

Chawla says other expansions are possible as well, but he says first he has to get established in Lawrence.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing my future in there,” he says. “That helps me to have my own identity.”

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