Namaste India owners open second Norwich restaurant - Namaste Village
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A family business which has gone from strength to strength has taken another step forward by opening its second city restaurant.
Namaste Village, a vegetarian Indian restaurant, on Queens Road, is the latest project of the Jetani family, who also run Namaste India on Opie Street.
The restaurant is the latest instalment in the family's success story, following their move to Norwich in 2006.
Co-owner Vijay Jetani, 31, originally moved to Norwich from north-west India to study business management, and ended up settling in the region with wife Urmila, 29.
A decade later, the pair are opening their second Norwich restaurant, with Mr Jetani's brother Dalsukh, 26, his wife Drashti, 26 and friend Rudhika Vaghasiya.
It is this close-knit family connection that adds the flavour to the business, according to Mr Jetani.
He said: 'The family aspect is one of our biggest strengths – the business keeps us together as a family, we all work as a unit, all live together in one house and share lots of the same philosophies.'
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The family element is at the heart of both restaurants – Mr Jetani's brother and their wives share the cooking, while he looks after the business side of things.
'Everybody who cooks learned through their mothers – through watching, experimenting and tasting,' he said. 'This means we have authentic Indian recipes that are unique to our family.'
Like Namaste India, the restaurant prides itself on exclusively serving vegetarian food, with several vegan-friendly and gluten-free items on the menu.
Mr Jetani said: 'We are all vegetarians, so I would not feel true to our principles serving meat dishes when we don't eat it ourselves.
'However, we have such confidence in what we offer that this does not matter.'
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