Lit­tle In­dia opens in Mun­gavin Homestead

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Lit­tle In­dia’s Porirua restau­rant opened re­cently, with the prom­ise of good In­dian fare and a wed­ding venue to boot.

Lit­tle In­dia be­gan in Dunedin in 1991. It opened its first Welling­ton eatery in 1997 in Blair St, be­fore fur­ther restau­rants were opened in Cuba Mall (2002), Lower Hutt (2004) and Up­per Hutt (2009).

The Porirua restau­rant is sit­u­ated in the his­toric Mun­gavin Homestead.

‘‘ We want to pro­vide the com­mu­nity of Porirua and its sub­urbs North In­dian food as you would get it in In­dia. No need to pay the air­fare and other ex­penses trav­el­ling to In­dia, you can get it right here,’’ owner Jugnu Gill says.

Lunch is avail­able from 11.30am to 2pm and evening din­ing takes place seven days a week from 5pm. Take­away and home de­liv­ery is also avail­able.

Mr Gill says their premises are also avail­able for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

‘‘If you are think­ing of get­ting mar­ried, hav­ing a party for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, Mun­gavin Homestead of­fers the ideal lo­ca­tion and venue for such an event.’’

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says it is great to have some­one take up the lease of the homestead. ‘‘It’s an ex­am­ple of qual­ity eat­ing in the city. You’ll go there for good food and ser­vice and the environment.’’

The homestead had been empty since late last year, when Mun­gavin Blues folded, with own­ers Porirua City Coun­cil en­ter­tain­ing the no­tion of sell­ing it at one stage.

Since the Mun­gavin fam­ily sold the prop­erty in 1958, the es­tate has ful­filled a va­ri­ety of uses – home to the No 41 Air Train­ing Corps squadron, the Sal­va­tion Army and an arts and craft group, be­fore be­ing con­verted for a restau­rant in 1990.

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