An Indian restaurant scheduled to open in Reynoldsburg April 28 will be the first of two sites co-owner and CEO Priya Daas expects to operate in central Ohio.

An Indian restaurant scheduled to open in Reynoldsburg April 28 will be the first of two sites co-owner and CEO Priya Daas expects to operate in central Ohio.

The second is scheduled to open in Dublin in July.

Temptations Authentic Indian Cuisine is located at 1361 Brice Road in Reynoldsburg, across the street from Kmart.

Reynoldsburg development director Lucas Haire said the restaurant will be the only one offering Indian-style cuisine in the city.

"This is the only Indian restaurant in Reynoldsburg right now and it shows the community is ready for more diverse options. It's good to have choices, " Haire said.

Daas opened his first restaurant in Ann Arbor Mich., in 2009. He said he chose to expand to central Ohio specifically because it has always been known to be a good test market for restaurants.

While attending the University of Michigan pursuing an MBA in business operations, Daas said he noticed there were no Indian food chains and decided to start his own.

In school, he worked on a project with the Dominos Pizza company, analyzing its competition and its overall position in the nationwide pizza markets.

"With that work, I got inspired because there are so many food chains for Chinese food, Mexican food, American food, but there were no Indian food chains," Daas said.

When he decided to start his own restaurant, he said he focused on three things: contemporary ambience, excellent service and authentic cuisine.

"Our customers should not only have food, they should have an experience. When they come here, they should feel like they had a nice experience," Daas said. "Those three things combined will give them a nice experience so they will come back again and again."

The 1,583-square-foot restaurant in Reynoldsburg will seat approximately 40 customers and employ five people, he said.

The menu of authentic Indian recipes includes specially made appetizers; lunch and dinner courses with a variety of choices; including chicken, lamb and seafood; and veggie dishes.

The appetizers include Pacchimira Bhaji, a deep-fried banana pepper stuffed with a special mix and spices, served with mango chutney, or Meat Samosa, a traditional Indian pastry stuffed with ground lamb and peas.

Main courses include Tandoori Chicken, which is chicken marinated in yogurt and authentic Indian spices; and Lassooni Jhingha, garlic-flavored shrimp cooked with Kashmiri herbs.

Daas said he hopes to obtain a liquor license in about three months but for now will serve soft drinks, tea and coffee, as well as traditional Indian drinks such as chai and lassi.

Prices range from around $2.49 to $15.

Daas said Temptations Authentic Indian Cuisine will offer what he called a take-out "Food Box" for $5.95 that will include a main course, rice, bread, dessert and salad.

The restaurant will be closed on Mondays, but the lunch buffet will be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

More information is available by calling (614) 751-3637 or online at www.ohtempt.com