When Ashani Walia wants to buy vegetables for his Niddrie restaurant Divine Indian, he walks one way down Keilor Road.
When groceries are required, he walks in the other direction. Alcohol to serve in his restaurant is purchased just around the corner.
Mr Walia and his family opened Divine Indian just over four years ago. He says that they have received great support from the people of Niddrie, and that is why he always shops in his local area.
“The people in Niddrie are beautiful people,” Mr Walia said. “Since the day we opened, we have had customers saying great things to us.
“We have wonderful regular diners from all the surrounding suburbs, and as a family business we want to support the other traders in our community.”
Although Divine Indian is doing it tough during Stage 4, unable to open their dining room and restricted to evening takeaway, the Walia family are determined to keep serving their much-loved food.
Mr Walia’s Northern Indian heritage is reflected in authentic Punjabi flavours, showcased in Indian Divine’s signature dish, Lamb Rogan Josh.
He says they receive more compliments (and orders) for their Butter Chicken than anything else on the extensive menu.
Divine Indian is listed in the newly expanded Moonee Valley Business Guide – our online directory of businesses still operating through the COVID-19 crisis.
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