Balhar Choong, owner of India Palace, is excited to open Lawrence’s only Indian-style pizza restaurant: Pizza Palace.
Last fall after Archibowls closed, Choong leased the location, planning to expand India Palace into the spot next door at 125 E. 10th St. Now instead of an expansion, Choong is using the space for a new venture.
Though Indian pizza might be new to Lawrence, it’s not new to Choong. His first business was an Indian restaurant specializing in Indian pizza in Boston more than 30 years ago, he said.
He’s keeping his ingredients a secret right now, but Choong said he’s confident people will love the flavors that he has been working tirelessly to perfect.
Since opening India Palace in Lawrence nearly 24 years ago, Choong has toiled almost daily from “morning to night” to provide diners authentic Indian food. He will apply that same work ethic to Pizza Palace, he said.
“We make everything our own and fresh,” he said. “All of our chicken, fresh. No frozen ingredients.”
In addition to pizzas, Pizza Palace will have chicken and vegetable sandwiches and pasta options.
With bar and booth seating, the space will have the capacity to serve 35 to 40 people upstairs and 20 to 30 downstairs, Choong said.
And while Choong is still finalizing the menu and holding its content close to his chest, he is eager to debut Pizza Palace by the end of May.
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Chansi Long (she/her) reported for The Lawrence Times from July 2022 through August 2023. Read more of her work for the Times here.