Aug. 15, 2016 Staff Report
The owner of Taste of Bengal, a popular Indian eatery located on 31st Street, officially opened his family restaurant Friday.
The eatery had been operating out of 28-27 31st Street since April 2013 primarily offering take-out.
Ruhel, the owner of Taste of Bengal, decided that he would take over the space next door that had been used as a cabinet shop and use it for a restaurant.
The decision to expand and open the restaurant was prompted by strong business.
“Our customers have been asking us for more dining space for some time,” Ruhel said. “We also need more kitchen space: we average about 80 deliveries over the weekends.”
Ruhel said it is a family-run business, with his parents doing the cooking. He handles the management and said he will be bringing on additional staff. The menu will be the same in the short term.
The family has been in the country for about 12 years ago, and has lived in Astoria the entire time.
Ruhel said the majority of the restaurant’s customers are westerners.
The restaurant is continuing to do deliveries and is open from 12 pm to 11 pm seven days a week.
This week Ruhel is offering a 20 percent discount for those who eat at the restaurant.