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— A popular restaurant in downtown Raleigh will close next week.

Known for its Indian-Pan Asian fusion menu and rock star chef and co-owner Cheetie Kumar, Garland became a popular destination when it opened in 2013. It shared a building at 14 W. Martin St. with clubs Kings and Neptunes.

“Operating on Martin Street for over a decade and being an important part of downtown Raleigh has brought us more joy and fulfillment than we could have ever dreamed of. We have evolved over this time and we are so proud to be part of this community. Kumar and her husband Paul Siler, co-owners of the restaurant, wrote in a social media post on Wednesday. “Being through the pandemic for the past two years has shown us the potential of this incredible space, and we can’t wait to usher in its reimagining.”

Garland’s last day of regular service will be August 27. The owners plan to hold pop-up dinners, shows and other events at Martin Street in the near future.

“Our priority has always been to take care of our incredible staff, the many local suppliers and our guests that we have had the pleasure of welcoming to our spaces. We will continue to be dedicated to our local food habits, a food and healthier drinks industry, the arts and our community in our next incarnations. Thank you for supporting us and we look forward to our next chapter,” the owners wrote.

Kumar said the next step is a partnership with Anisette Sweet Shop on Bickett Boulevard. Their complete collaborative concept is expected this winter or early 2023.

Kumar, who is part of the Birds of Avalon band with her husband, was recently a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. The honor went to Durham Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood.

In March, Kumar talked to US senators on the need to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.


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