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From Bombay To Edgewater, New Indian Bistro Opening On Broadway

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Marisa working at an organic market in Bombay

Before Chicago native Marisa Paolillo-Patel first started to get the itch for the culinary arts, she was unsatisfied in corporate marketing. So, when the opportunity surfaced for Marisa to follow her husband Nakul Patel to his native Bombay, India, she decided to take the leap.

Soon after arriving in India, Marisa started gravitating towards the unique cuisine found in the country. She ended up taking a job assisting the chef at a local restaurant in Bombay. As she began to develop her skills, her affection for Indian food grew.

After nine years living in Bombay, Marisa got another opportunity while visiting family back in Chicago. Deciding to work on her vacation here, she got the chance to further her culinary talents apprenticing for the chef at Wood, 3335 N Halsted St. Soon after taking the job, Marisa decided to stay in the Windy City.

“Wood was such a fantastic training environment, that my vacation ended up being permanent,” Marisa explained. “I came back to Chicago with just a suitcase to visit my family and never left.”

It was now Nakul’s turn to follow his wife back to the States. Over the next three years, the couple slowly eased back into American life, eventually deciding to open their own bistro.

They started looking for a little neighborhood space that would represent their travels and experiences in India. As they drove through multiple neighborhoods, they ended up in Edgewater. It was here they found ‘the community feel’ that best reflected where they wanted to open the business.

After a neighborhood search, they ended up renting the storefront at 5842 N. Broadway and have already begun the gut rehab of the bistro which will be called Mango Pickle. To showcase their experiences in Bombay, interior finishes such as ceramic tiles and light fixtures where purchased by the couple while in India. An outdoor seating area will follow next year.

With an expected opening early this Fall, the cuisine will consist of contemporary Indian dishes using traditional cooking techniques that Marisa learned in both Bombay and Chicago. Everything will be homemade with farm-to-table local ingredients. The bistro will also have a full bar with emphasis on gins and whiskeys. They will also carry eclectic beer selections and wine pairings.

Marisa and Nakul are looking forward to showcasing their unique interpretation of Indian cuisine. Marisa said, “When someone takes a bite of our food, we want the flavor, spice and heat to make them feel like their back home in India.”

 


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