Little India proprietor is doubling places to keep away from worker trip in 2021 – The Denver Publish
When the pandemic broke out, Simeran Baidwan was unwilling to let go of any of his employees in Little India – many of them are immigrants and have worked for him for nearly 20 years.
As a result, he’s doubling the restaurant’s locations from two to four this year.
The owner of Little India, which opened at 330 E. 6th Avenue in 1998 and 2390 S. Downing St. in 2004, said he was considering expanding before the pandemic. Instead of waiting for the storm to come, he decided to move on with his plans so his staff could stay busy and spread out among his restaurants.
Simeran Baidwan, owner of Little India, is opening more restaurants so that he does not have to take any of his employees off. (Provided by Little India via BusinessDen)
“My parents helped me open my first Little India on 6th Avenue and Grant Street and taught me to save up for a rainy day, and that rainy day finally came,” Baidwan said.
In January, Baidwan opened a third location in the West Highland neighborhood at 3496 W. 32nd Avenue, which previously operated the Matador Mexican restaurant.
“We had to lay off about eight people, but this deal saved us,” he said.
That same month, Baidwan signed a lease for a 3,000-square-foot space at 7352 E. 29th Avenue in Central Park (formerly Stapleton), where The Berkshire closed last year. He plans to open the fourth location in early August.
“We had 30 people in each location and we realized we had to make a decision that wasn’t just about the money, but about the Little India family,” said Baidwan. “We didn’t want to take anyone off, so we gave them odd jobs. And at the end of the day, many of these people are immigrants and send money home to their families. So we wanted to make sure that they take care of them. “
Baidwan said Little India lost 80 percent of its revenue when dine-in service was suspended during the pandemic. But it shifted its take-out and delivery model and received some PPP funding.
Little India’s restaurants are open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and serve classic Indian dishes inspired by Baidwan’s family recipes, such as various masalas and curries.
Baidwan grew up near Central Park in Park Hill, where his children go to school. It therefore makes sense to develop his legacy in this direction.
“A lot of Park Hill people moved into this Central Park demographic, and since we’ve been around for 23 years, people recognize our name and brand. So there is already a good following, ”he added.
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