The man who brought Great Cuisine of India to downtown Olympia’s Fourth Avenue has opened a new restaurant in Lacey, filling space in a shopping center that had been vacant for two years.
The new restaurant, which opened in August, is called Curry King. It’s in the Lacey Downs Plaza, which is also home to the Lacey Post Office. Curry King filled space once occupied by a Thai restaurant called Chili Thai.
“I hope to make it just as successful” as Great Cuisine of India, said owner Mukesh “Jimmy” Singh about his latest venture.
He said customers at his other restaurants had been asking when he might open a business in Lacey. Singh also runs a Great Cuisine of India in Centralia.
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The combination of other businesses in the area, plus nearby Saint Martin’s University, made the Lacey Downs Plaza the right destination.
“It looked like a good spot,” he said.
Singh got his start in the restaurant business years ago in Lynnwood, then in Lakewood. He later sold the Great Cuisine of India in Lakewood, although it still operates under the same name.
The business is perhaps best known for its lunch buffet. In Lacey, the buffet offers chicken curry, vegetable curry, saag paneer (a mixture of paneer cheese and spinach) and daal (lentils). It also had rice, papadums (a lentil crisp) and a salad bar with various chutneys, yogurt and rice pudding.
The buffet food is not spicy, said Radha Singh, Jimmy’s daughter, who expects to work at the Lacey restaurant.
“We’re trying to not be too spicy so that everyone can enjoy the food,” she said.
There’s also naan, the popular flat bread cooked in a clay oven. The restaurant serves basic naan, plus versions stuffed with cheese, onions or potato. It also has sweet naan made with walnuts, raisins, cashews and coconut.
▪ Owner: Mukesh “Jimmy” Singh.
▪ Location: 5823 Lacey Blvd. SE, Suite A, Lacey.
▪ Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Singh eventually wants to open on Sundays, too.