MANSFIELD -- Less than a year after replenishing the food desert around Downtown Mansfield with fresh and healthy food options at their KV Market, owners Karamjit Singh Bhullar and Varinder Kaur Bhullar are filling a new void.
Following the closing of Saffron Indian Restaurant in May of 2018, no Indian cuisine locations could be found in the city.
That changed on Jan. 20, when the Bhullars started serving authentic Indian food in their prepared food section of the market located at 359 W. Fourth St.
"We started this project because we heard from the community about the food desert," said Karamjit Singh Bhullar, an Ontario resident. "We started with that and we had the room inside and had experience with Indian cooking.
"Saffron had closed so there were a lot of people asking for Indian food."
He added the Punjabi Oven Indian Cuisine is an inexpensive project, which helped create a strategy.
"So far, we have pretty good reviews from people," he said. "The social media is really helping. We're getting great reviews online. They are really good, healthy meals."
The Indian menu is available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and carries a rotating list of prepared items. But Karamjit Singh Bhullar said he and his staff can make any of the menu items to order.
"We are going to keep items in the case that are ready to go like rice and a couple of sides, but people can call in and order food from the menu, of course," he said.
He added the staff is happy to give samples of the foods for customers to taste test.