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The Sault's favourite Indian food is back

Monday, July 15, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

When Husky North on Great Northern Road closed with very little notice June 3, it was not only the facility’s employees faced with sudden job loss that were disappointed, but also the many local customers who enjoyed the Indian food served at Husky North’s restaurant.

Sure, there are other gas stations and convenience stores, and other employment will come for those who lost their jobs, but many locals went into culinary shock and have wondered ‘will we be able to enjoy those Indian dishes again?’

Khurshid Khan, pictured here with his wife Rehana Sayeda, wants everyone to know the same popular Indian menu he offered as a chef at Husky North is available once again at a new restaurant, Tandoori Gardan, which he owns and operates at 663 Queen Street East.

Tandoori Gardan is open for business 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Khan hails from Pakistan and came to Canada in 1990.

He worked in the restaurant industry in Toronto and Buffalo before moving to Sault Ste. Marie in 2010, when the ownership at Husky North asked him to introduce Indian cuisine at that establishment.

He has designed menus and has taught others to prepare Indian cuisine at many restaurants.

Khan told the job offer at Husky North and the slower pace of Sault Ste. Marie attracted him to the community.

Husky North shut down its operations on Great Northern Road due to concerns over the possibility of leaky gasoline tanks contaminating soil and water.

The unexpected closure came as a surprise, Khan told us.

“I don’t want to lose my customers. Feeding people makes me happy. I love it.”

Khan told us local physicians Dr. V.K. Mathur and Dr. John Clarke were very instrumental in helping him find a location in which to open his own restaurant.

The landlords of the building at 663 Queen Street East also encouraged Khan to open for business as soon as possible.

“That’s the kind of encouragement I’ve gotten from customers. I don’t want to lose that.”

Tandoori Gardan opened for business July 5.

Khan says he plans to be in Sault Ste. Marie for a long time.

“I still have family members in Toronto and I’ve told them to visit Sault Ste. Marie. I’ve told them to look at the heaven God has created from Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa.”

“I’ve seen the Rocky Mountains and there is beauty there. But the beauty here is different. I see it and it makes me want to cry tears of joy. I don’t want to leave here,” he said.

“I wish I had come here 20 years ago, but here I am now, so it’s never too late,” he smiled.

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frizz 7/15/2013 8:46:05 AM Report

Hands down!! This is fabulous food and I for one was so upset when the Husky closed.....If you haven't tried it so.
Sam C 7/15/2013 8:54:53 AM Report

I love his description of the beauty of the area.
bubba2006 7/15/2013 9:26:23 AM Report

We were at the "grand opening" party and the food was FABULOUS! We are blessed in this city to have a growing variety of ethnic cuisine. What a wonderful couple to meet and talk with! I encourage all who go into the "Former Mary's Lunch building" (next to the Pita Pit) to meet the couple and eat their delicious food.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Khan! The downtown is happy to have you!
mcps 7/15/2013 9:33:25 AM Report

The food was great the one time we went but the wait staff was so rude and we felt like we were bothering her..she probably came with the place when they bought..everyone has a bad day once in a while but this was bad and we never returned because of her. I wonder if this contributed to the reason they closed. Good luck in your new place!!
SooTodayer 7/15/2013 9:45:36 AM Report

Yay! So excited, my heart sank when the Husky closed and I thought well there goes the best secret in town and the best East Indian food I've had.

Butter Chicken, Curry, Chili chicken. YUM!

I'll be there soon to get my fill!

Congrats on your new place. Glad you are back in business.

sportsfan17 7/15/2013 10:05:37 AM Report

JACKED beyond belief that they were able to re-open! My best friend and roommate from university was Indian and ever since I've moved home, I've never been able to find that authentic Indian taste that him and his mother were able to cook up.

But then I stumbled across the Indian food at the Husky restaurant! It was like heaven!! So glad they are back! And glad they love the Sault as much as I do! :)

Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie! Please stay as long as you'd like! :)
HJB 7/15/2013 10:33:57 AM Report

Great news! This place is wonderful...I hope you have a great deal of success. We will be visiting your new establishment shortly!!
D0BBER 7/15/2013 11:01:43 AM Report

I clicked on this story hesitantly, expecting some closed minded and racial crap. Im surprised SSM you have exceeded my expectations in this thread.

The wife and i love ethnic food and crave the diversity that the Husky provided, we were sad when we found out that it was closed and the Indian food unavailable. My only wish is for an expanded menu, everything we tried was amazing and we will want to try more !!
sarahboh 7/15/2013 12:48:51 PM Report

Absolutely amazing Indian food! If you haven't tried it, step out of the box and try something other than Italian. A whole new flavour experience exists with Indian food, hot, spicy, mild, with so many different spices that are not always used.

A great couple as well, congratulations to them!!!
Lovethenorth 7/15/2013 2:08:43 PM Report

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love their samosas!!!!!!
SooZoo 7/15/2013 2:09:25 PM Report

Whatever happened to that little place on Gore in the old Mike's Cafe/Dinner? They had some great Curry Chicken there.
mac2 7/15/2013 3:47:19 PM Report

grats! my family will be there this week sometime!
Zing 8/9/2013 2:51:50 PM Report

I ate at Husky North and found the servings small with high prices. The Butter Chicken had little spice and reminded me of tomato soup. I hope the new place will be better as I love to eat and cook Indian food.

I have been to many, many East Indian restaurants and found Husky North to be substandard IMHO. Others, who had never tried Indian cuisine, said they liked it. I am fussy I guess.
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