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Tandoori's restaurant closing in Amherst after 25 years

Tandoori's is closing, ending 25 years as one of the area's leading Indian restaurants.

"After almost 26 years of rewarding work we have decided to close Tandoori's and The Palms Banquets and retire from the fine-dining restaurant and banquet businesses," owners Rita and Ravi Sabharwal said in a statement. "We will be closing both the restaurant and banquet this Sunday, February 19, 2017 after our dinner service at Tandoori’s."

The Sabharwals opened their restaurant on Delaware Avenue in 1991, where Snooty Fox is today. Tandoori's moved to 7740 Transit Road, Amherst, in 1999, and added its banquet facility in 2001. Their company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, planning to remain open during the reorganization process.

Parties that have put down deposits on events have been notified, and deposit refunds are underway, the statement said.

[Read Andrew Galarneau's 2016 8-plate review of Tandoori's]

"Against many odds our restaurant grew and business flourished in times when many ethnic cuisines did not here," the Sabharwals said, thanking customers and staff for its success. "We could not have made it this long without your loyal patronage and feel so very blessed to have shared our cuisine and special dining experience with all of you for so long."

The couple also held out the possibility that another owner would take over: "Stay tuned!"

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