Passage to India to reopen in new space this week

Passage to India co-owner and chef Kuldip Singh.

Passage to India, the popular Indian restaurant that has been closed since Oct. 16, should reopen by Friday of this week in a newer, fancier space.

Owners have been working for a week to move the restaurant from the cavernous space it has occupied for the past eight years at 6140 E. 21st St. to a space at 6100 E. 21st St. formerly occupied by Golden Dragon restaurant. The new location, which is in the same strip center, is a bit smaller, said Kam Singh, son of operator and co-owner and chef Kuldip Singh, but it’s been completely remodeled and will offer a more upscale environment. “We wanted to make it more of a fancy restaurant,” he said. “Everything is new in there.”

When Passage to India opened in 1994 , it was Wichita’s first Indian restaurant. This will mark the restaurant’s third move in its 17-year history.

Its famous buffet will remain the same but the set menu will change a little and will include more vegetarian and vegan items.

The hours will be 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the buffet Tuesdays through Sundays, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays.