By Leah Sander
WARSAW — Anyone looking for ingredients to make Indian cuisine now has a local source.
Greens N’ Spices opened on Friday, Jan. 15, at 114 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw. The grocery store is located in the back of the Biryani Kitchen restaurant.
The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting for the business on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The store features a variety of authentic foods, including vegetables, rice, spices and dessert items.
The idea was to provide convenience for customers, said Manager Siva Kumar. He noted those in the community seeking Indian groceries before usually had to travel to Fort Wayne or South Bend.
“We are trying to bring the freshest groceries every week, Thursday, from Chicago,” said Kumar. Hours of the store are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 4-8 p.m. Sunday.
Items aren’t sold in bulk, but rather in small portions. Kumar said items cover Indian staples.
“We are trying to add new stuff the community needs or the customers are requesting us to get some new stuff,” said Kumar.
He talked about the need for Indian cuisine in the area.
There are at least 300 Indian families and 200 Indian bachelors working in Warsaw-area orthopedic companies as well as people coming from the country on trips or seasonal business, he said. That’s why the restaurant was started in 2019 and why the grocery was added.
He also said the businesses are intended to reach out to non-Indian people.
“We are trying to do the best service to the community … bringing new food and new culture to the society,” he said.
He was grateful to the community.
“They’re an outstanding support to sustain this business,” said Kumar. “As a small business owner, we need to take this opportunity to thank the community.”