October 24 2018

Fine Dining Indian Restaurant Gets Liquor License for Wayside Location

By: Rich Hosford

A new high-end Indian restaurant is looking to open up in Burlington and this week achieved a big step in that goal.


On Monday night the Board of Selectmen approved a transfer of the all-alcohol license previously used by Bonefish Grill in the Wayside plaza to a new restaurant, called The Treasury, which plans to open in the same location.


Attorney Daniel Wilson, representing the new restaurant, said The Treasury would be a fine dining Indian restaurant with 120 seats inside with an additional 24 patio seats. He said there would be some internal renovations done to the kitchen and dining areas but no significant structural changes. The biggest alteration, he said, would be to remove the existing revolving door and replacing it with a regular swinging door that would open into a vestibule where diners would be greeted by staff.


One of the restaurant owners, Prakash Khot, said a lot of thought and time had been put into all aspects of the restaurant, including the name.


“The name is Treasury has origin in the Urdu word ‘Khazana’ which means any precious thing that is found in the world and is otherwise hidden and the owner is not known,” he said. “The origins of the cuisine is a treasure - we will showcase Royal Indian cuisine who’s origins can be traced through the history of many princely kingdoms.”


Khot said the food represents the “journey of the chef” they have hired to come up with the menu for the restaurant. He said the chef spent the last 30 years visiting chefs and restaurants all over the world, including the Middle East, Asia and Europe.


“It has taken us more than two years to find the right chef to bring this concept to Burlington,” he said. “We are very excited to bring this fairly unique cooking style and menu to the area.”


The restaurant will feature items cooked on a griddle, and open barbecue, a stone cooking pot and traditional clay ovens.


“There will be a wide variety of options all inspired by spice options and mixtures from those princely states,” Khot said. “The food will be prepared with local, fresh and organic ingredients with some special spice mixes.”


He added that the restaurant will serve “premium” liquor and wine selections to be paired with the food.  


Khot ended by saying that though the restaurant will feature some traditional restaurants the audience is both Indians and non-Indians alike.


“The idea is to bring the fine dining Indian experience to everybody,” he said. “we think of The Treasury as fine dining Indian cuisine with New England sensibilities. It is a fusion between typical Indian restaurant but served in a way locals can enjoy.”


Members of the board said they were happy to grant the transfer of the liquor license. The only concern raised from a staff report was one from the Building Department who wanted to ensure the patio had a safety barrier and a one-way door so diners would have to enter through the main entrance rather than directly onto the patio. Wilson said that would not be a problem.


The board voted 4-0-0 to approve the license transfer.


When asked about the timeline, Wilson said they hope to start renovations in January and open sometime in the Spring.


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