On the Street: Tandoor at Uptown, RBCM architect, Islands Trust

Tandoor No. 2 open at Uptown

Four years after signing up for space at Uptown, Gurinder and Narpinder Bawa have finally fired up the clay oven at Sizzling Tandoor, an Indian cuisine restaurant using traditional family recipes. The Bawas put their names in when the former Town and Country mall was being emptied and razed to make way for Uptown. In the meantime, they opened a Sizzling Tandoor downtown on Johnson Street and, after two years, have won rave reviews and a legion of fans for their curried dishes.

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“We couldn’t be happier with the response we’ve had for our food,” said Gurinder. “We have many people thank for that, including our staff.”

The new 61-seat restaurant at Uptown faces Douglas Street and is in the same building as fashion giants H&M, Forever 21 and Joe Fresh. The Bawas are keeping the tradition in the family. Their restaurant is based on the Tandoor Fire & Grill restaurants in Redmond, Washington — Microsoft country — where Gurrinder’s sister Harpal and husband Alex Sodhi have perfected family recipes and have helped to train cooks and other staff.

Museum to name architect

The Royal B.C. Museum has selected an architect to craft a master plan as the landmark considers redeveloping its buildings. The announcement will be made March 19. Spokesman David Alexander said a special event will introduce the architectural team and unveil information about future plans. Short-listed architects were invited to respond in January to a request for proposals. Consultants have been examining the needs of the museum and the associated provincial archives. The city approved rezoning in 2011.

Industrial assessment

The Islands Trust is seeking consultants to assess the supply and future capacity of existing industrial lands on Saltspring Island. The work will assist in future land use decisions and community planning. Bids close March 5.

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