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Rangoli to hold grand opening Monday, will be only Indian restaurant in Manassas

Rangoli will celebrate its grand opening on Monday, Nov. 21 as the only Indian cuisine restaurant in Manassas.

The full-service restaurant relocated to the city after opening in Loudoun County 10 years ago. Owner Kumar Iyer said his fans have followed him to Manassas but were sad to see him close his old restaurant.

“I announced that we’re closing on Facebook and we got 400 comments,” said Iyer. “They did not want to see us go.”

The rising cost of rent was the reason for his departure from Loudoun. “You can’t be the rents here in Manassas,” he said.

The restaurant features a full bar, a lunch buffet, and catering services. It’s located next to the Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing Center on Route 28, in the same space as the short-lived Paradise Donuts shop that opened last year.

With 3,800 square feet of space, his new location is 65% larger than his previous space. The restaurant features a full-service dining area, full bar, and a lunch buffet.

Rangoli has been able to expand its catering offerings for special events and weddings in recent years. The new, larger restaurant could allow them to grow that side of the business even more.

“The Indian population has increased,” explained Iyer. “The first wave of people who came here in the 1980s and 90s, their children are now getting married, and the venues don’t offer Indian cuisine, so that’s when they call us to come and cater.”

Iyer, 44, has 27 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. After graduating from a technical school in India with a degree in hospitality management, Iyer scored a job on Royal Carribean Cruise lines working as an assistant beverage manager.

Later, he worked for the corporate restaurant chain TGIFridays before setting out on his own to opening Rangoli.

Rangoli is located at 10233 Nokesville Road in Manassas. A ribbon-cutting event will take place November 21 at 11 a.m.

The restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For dinner, Rangoli is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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